THE Discovery Ranger Summer Program continues at many national parks this week, 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 13
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. Stop at the big stump on your way to Russell Falls. Note: no official meeting time - come & go as desired, until 4.30pm.
8.30pm – 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 14
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.
7.45pm – Saturday family quiz bonanza night! (1 hour). Bring your thinking caps along for an evening of light-hearted infotainment with Ranger Platypus. Make new friends and build a team for the chance to win prizes and achieve trivial glory. Meet at the campground kitchen.
Sunday, January 15
8.30am – 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 – 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.
Monday, January 16
10am – 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.
1.30pm – Games Galore! (1 hour). Enjoy fun and games for the whole family and learn about our place in the web of life! Meet at the William Crooke Shelter behind the visitors centre.
All activities are free. 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.