Albany Education Support Centre  weeding at Yakamia Creek

Bush Rangers now operates in 66 secondary schools around the State, with each cadet unit doing between 90–1000 hours on volunteer projects a year.

Bush Rangers program coordinator Richard Olive said volunteering was a big part of the environmental youth program.

“Providing opportunities to experience and understand our natural environment is key to Bush Rangers; but even more important is to provide cadets with opportunities to ‘give back’ by taking part in volunteer projects,” he said.

“Projects take many forms, such as: revegetation on reserves or with private landowners; dune rehabilitation; wildlife monitoring (such as turtles and malleefowl); litter pick-ups; ANZAC ceremonies in local communities; paper collection; beach clean-ups; greening of school grounds; seed collection and even helping in an Indigenous aged care facility in Broome.”

Cadet units work with a range of partners including Parks and Wildlife, Regional Natural Resource Management Councils, local ‘Friends of…’ groups, local government, Keep Australia Beautiful Council, private landholders and even a Vietnam Veterans group.  

The primary school cadets program, River Rangers, also enables students to tackle conservation focussed volunteer projects.

Kalbarri DHS Bush Rangers Unit Leader Helen Waite described Bush Rangers as a fantastic way to learn how to give back to your community at a young age and learn the art of volunteering.

“We always see cadets grow and tackle new issues and build confidence,” she said.

Photos:

Removing old board walk

Rossmoyne SHS helping remove old board walks at Shark Bay

One arm point pit trap

One Arm Point helping Bardi Jawa Rangers with animal trapping

Duncraig planting

Duncraig SHS dune planting at Grey