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More than 300 River Rangers from nine schools celebrated the end of a successful year at a two-day celebration at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre last month.

Students took part in a variety of Nearer to Nature activities over the two days, learning topics including indigenous culture, sensory awareness, native animal monitoring and the impact of fire.





River Rangers is a primary school cadet program run by the Swan River Trust that reinforces the importance of protecting the Swan Canning Catchment by providing cadets with a positive and practical understanding of the local environment.

River Rangers coordinator Linley Brown said participants are interested in the natural world and enjoy exploring outdoor areas around Perth.

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“The activities offered by the Nearer to Nature program helped to increase their environmental awareness and they have a lot of fun at the same time!” Linley said.

The River Rangers program has been designed as a precursor to Parks and Wildlife’s Bush Rangers program, which operates in various secondary schools.

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Bush Rangers coordinator Richard Olive said River Rangers provides an ideal platform into Bush Rangers as primary students get a taste of doing interesting and fun things in the natural environment.

“We hope students maintain that interest and progress to be part of the Bush Rangers cadet program when they graduate to secondary school,” Richard said.

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To further support the transition between the two cadet programs, the annual Bush Rangers Leaders Conference scheduled for March 2015 will include River Rangers instructors.The joint conference will provide a platform for unit leaders to share knowledge and skills that will support students in making the transition.

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