Thursday, January 19, 2017

Next batch of National Park activities

THE Discovery Ranger Summer Program continues at many national parks, including Mt Field National Park in the Derwent Valley. A Discovery Ranger will offer free fun and educational activities at various times. Bring sunscreen, sturdy shoes and a hat for all daytime activities. Programmed activities may change in adverse weather.


Friday, January 21
10.30am – Rainforest Wonders (1 hour): Come on a short walk with Discovery Ranger Cat and uncover the ancient secrets of the rainforest along the Russell Falls track. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitors Centre.
2.30pm – Eww! What’s on my shoe? The ranger will be cleaning boots and giving some simple outdoor hygiene tips to help you protect the places you love from nasty environmental hitchhikers. Stopover on your way into the Visitors Centre. No official meeting time  - come and go as desired, until 4.30pm.
8:30 pm – Creatures of the Night (1 hour, places limited)
What goes bump in the night? Bring your torch and find out as we discover the nocturnal
inhabitants of Mt Field National Park! Book at the Visitor Centre to secure your place.

Saturday, January 21
10am – Rainforest Wonders (1 hour): Come on a short walk with Discovery Ranger Cat and uncover the ancient secrets of the rainforest along the Russell Falls track. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitors Centre.
11.30am – Moss Magic (1 hour): It’s not all about tall trees and waterfalls at Mt Field National Park, with the Magical World of Moss waiting for just under the next leaf. A fantastic activity for children, come and discover miniature forests and alien creatures living in amongst the undergrowth! Meet at the Russell Falls viewing platform (at the waterfall).
2.30 pm – Tales of Tall Trees (1 hour): Come face to trunk with some of the tallest trees in the world and learn about some of the secrets hidden in the branches. Meet at the Tall Trees carpark.

Sunday, January 22
11am – Tales of Tall Trees (1 hour): Come face to trunk with some of the tallest trees in the world and learn about some of the secrets hidden in the branches. Meet at the Tall Trees carpark.
3pm – Marsupial Circus (1 hour): Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bound across the open plains like a kangaroo, or hop about like a wallaby? Now’s your chance to run away with the circus as special guest trainer Ana teaches us how to bounce around on jumping stilts. Meet at the northern end of the grassy oval closest to the Visitors Centre, look out for the purple flag.

Monday, January 23
9am – Yoga in the Park (1 hour): Show off your downward devil or try your hand at an echidnasana or a tall tree pose. Sure to tickle your funny bone, this activity is the perfect preparation for a day spent wandering Mt Field’s wonderful walks. Meet at the southern end of the grassy oval near the campground. Bring a foam mat, beach towel or similar if available.
11am – Rainforest Wonders (1 hour): Come on a short walk with Discovery Ranger Cat and uncover the secrets of the Russell Falls rainforest walk. Meet at the William Crooke shelter behind the Visitors Centre.

PLEASE NOTE: All activities are free. Please bring sun and rain protection to activities. Activities may be cancelled in bad weather. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more
information, see www.parks.tas.gov.au or call Discovery Ranger Catherine on 0428 407 598.

Click here for more information about visiting Mt Field National Park. Bilingual Discovery Rangers will also be available at Mt Field to assist Chinese-speaking visitors.

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