EcoRangers

  • Fridays, 8:45 – 3pm
  • 5 – 12 year olds
  • $104 per day
  • 8-10 week commitment
  • Guanaba, Gold Coast, Kombumerri Country

THE PROGRAM

Award-winning program offering adventure therapy, where children develop personal skills through four key experiences:

Adventure – Connection – Conservation – Bushcraft

This group is the next step on your adventurous journey with us! Developing over an 8 – 10 week term, EcoRangers gradually develops skills for personal growth, self-regulation, organisation, leadership and social connection. Enrolment in this program is a commitment to long-term growth for children and nature, with best results from weekly attendance, allowing time for children to build on skills each week.

ADVENTURE

Regular adventure and nature play allow the children to gain practical skills in natural navigation, leadership and endurance. The adventures include bushwalks, creek swimming, scrambling and climbing. The children gradually develop strength, balance and a positive outlook about new experiences and exploring in wild nature.

No two days are the same and each day may present a challenge for children to overcome physically, emotionally or developmentally. Our task as mentors is to companion children through these challenges. We see some amazing growth in children’s physical strength, balance, agility, compassion, conversation, problem-solving, emotional resilience and reflection.

CONNECTION

We mentor children in developing an awareness of their natural environment, learning something new and record their discoveries and experiences in their journal each week. Children’s experiences become part of our learning stories, forming a tradition of sharing wisdom and advice based on actual learning events.

We work and play in an Indigenous Protected Area on Kombumerri land and so the children are immersed in rich cultural awareness through their experiences playing on Country, and through conversations with the Kombumerri Rangers, and shared stories.

CONSERVATION

Conservation is an expression of our love of nature. Our ongoing conservation project involves the children in the protection and preservation of the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly and its host vine the pararistolochia praevenosa, both native to this area, and both considered threatened species.

Each week we plant a new vine and check the growth of the vines we have found homes for in the rainforest. Each child has a vine they care for and nurture. We also teach the children about native and non-native plants, bush tucker, toxic plants.

BUSHCRAFT

We learn the skills for safety in the bush, fire-lighting, survival skills, shelter-building, whittling, using tools for construction and also handcrafts such as weaving, sewing and felt-making. The children receive a booklet to help them keep track of the skills they have learn, and to complete their projects.

How to Enrol

To register please join our waiting list by clicking the button below. We will contact you when a vacancy is available in the program. If your child attends primary school it is necessary that they have a flexible learning plan in place and are attending with permission from their school.