Junior rangers learn about owls.

The winter school holidays are here which means it’s time to get outdoors and have fun in nature by signing up to the Parks Victoria Junior Rangers program.

The Junior Rangers program runs until July 13 and offers free nature-based and ranger-hosted activities for children aged six to 12 and their families.

In and around Bendigo these winter holidays, children can become a Wildlife Detective in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park, get All Fired Up in the Solomon Gully Nature Conservation Reserve or go on a cultural adventure with Dja Dja Wurrung Rangers at Kooyoora State Park or the Campaspe River.

It is designed to get kids out of the house and interested in learning about Victoria’s parks, wildlife and natural and cultural heritage.

The winter holiday activities include the opportunity for children to search for feathers and fur on a Minibeast Discovery, become a Wildlife Detective, undertake a Nature Treasure Hunt or get their gumboots wet in a Rockpool Ramble.

Parks Victoria’s James Adams said these activities are designed to inspire curiosity.

“The variety of activities we run help teach kids about the natural world around them and the role they play within it,” he said.

“It’s wonderful to see kids getting out of the lounge room and appreciating all Victoria’s beautiful parks have to offer.”

All activities are free but bookings are essential and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Book at www.juniorrangers.com.au