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Be a Junior Wetland Ranger this summer

Saturday 23 July 2022
Sunday 04 September 2022
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:30
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Be a Junior Wetland Ranger this summer

Learn what it takes to save and care for wetland nature with

daily hands-on activities at Washington Wetland Centre

(Saturday 23 July-Sunday 4 September)

Have you got what it takes to help save wetland nature? Be a Junior Wetland Ranger this summer and find out!


Families across the North East can follow in the muddy footsteps of Washington Wetland Centre's rangers this school summer holiday, with a host of daily hands-on activities designed to teach conservation skills while having fun outdoors.


Take part in our self-led trail - completing your handbook of essential wetland ranger tasks as you go - or join us for an exciting staff-led session, with interactive challenges and role-play elements to suit all ages.


A timetable and summary of events can be found on our website here or see our What's On pages for full details and discover lots of reasons to keep coming back all summer long!


Junior Wetland Rangers trail

What new wetland ranger skill will you learn during your visit? Pick up a FREE handbook on arrival and tick off the Junior Wetland Rangers tasks while you explore our wonderful wetlands, discovering incredible wildlife and amazing habitats as you go. Self-led, available throughout the day, all summer long.


Exciting staff-led activities

Add to your Junior Wetland Rangers experience with one of our hands-on, staff-led activities; designed to connect visitors of all ages with wetland nature through wild play and exploration. Dates and times vary - please see our What's On pages for full details (also listed below).


  • Nest Detectives - immerse yourself in interactive role-play with a wetland ranger twist. Can you help our team search for hidden bird's eggs and ID the ones you find?
  • Pond dipping - what fascinating underwater creatures will you discover in our ponds? See how many different species you can identify, just like our real-life wetland rangers.
  • Health Check Heroes - enjoy hands-on keeper-themed role-play and help give an otter or flamingo (toy!) an essential health check.
  • Moth mornings -get involved in our survey work and check our moth traps with us to see amazing species up close and learn all about them.
  • Den building - practice your wild building skills as you design and create your own den using a mixture of materials.
  • Mini-beast hunts - unearth amazing mini-beasts hidden in our woodlands with your wetland ranger equipment and some top tips from our team.
  • Animal tracking - find out how to look for the special signs and clues left behind by wildlife: one of the most key wetland ranger skills used in the wild.


John Gowland, one of WWT Washington's real-life wetland rangers, said: "I love being a wetland ranger for WWT and helping to care for and protect our amazing wetland wildlife.


"This summer, we thought families would welcome the chance to experience what it's like to be a ranger through special fun-packed, mini adventures, which include activities that I do as part of my day-to-day job.


"Hopefully, we'll also inspire some of our younger visitors to become the wetland rangers of the future; helping to create a world where healthy wetland nature thrives and enriches lives."


Junior Wetland Rangers runs throughout the summer at Washington Wetland Centre from Saturday 23 July until Sunday 4 September. Open daily from 10am-5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm) and cost is included in admission. For further information and to plan your visit, head to https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/washington/


FULL EVENT DETAILS(also on our websitehere)


Den building:Sun 24 and Sat 30 July; Thurs 4, Mon 8 and Fri 19 August; Sun 4 September

Time: 1-2.30pm (drop-in sessions, no need to book)

Location: opposite the flamingo exhibit

Enjoy an afternoon of building dens out of branches, sheets and other materials you find. You never know when you might need this skill in the wild!


Pond dipping:Mon 25 and Weds 27 July; Fri 5, Sun 7, Thurs 11, Sat 13, Tues 16, Sat 20, Thurs 25, Sun 28 and Mon 29 August; Fri 2 September

Time: 1-2.30pm (drop-in sessions, no need to book)

Location: Pondzone

Grab a net and explore the world underwater with us during this family-friendly pond dipping session. Learn how to safely catch creatures including water snails and great diving beetles before IDing your finds and carefully releasing them back into the water.


Animal tracking: Tues 26 July; Weds 3, Tues 9, Weds 24 and Tues 30 August

Time: 1-2.30pm (drop-in sessions, no need to book)

Location: Hollowood

Learn a new skill in this hands-on animal tracking activity. Go on an adventure around Hollowood looking for food remains, animal droppings, nest areas and other clues to help you cleverly and respectfully find and ID different wildlife.


Nest detectives: Thurs 28 July; Weds 10 and Tues 23 August

Time: 12.30-2pm (drop-in sessions, no need to book)

Location: Keeper's Corner (next door to Hunter's Creek)

Experience some of the work our animal keepers do day-to-day. Role-play searching for bird nests, try your hand at IDing eggs, use a special technique to see what's inside and learn more about the work we do to support some of the world's most endangered birds.


Mini-beast hunting: Fri 29 July; Mon 1, Fri 12, Mon 15 and Fri 26 August; Thurs 1 September

Time: 1-2.30pm (drop-in sessions, no need to book)

Location: Hollowood

Explore the world of soil, leaves and dry wood as you hunt for mini-beasts in Hollowood. Use a dusting brush, magnifying glass and observation trays to get a closer look at woodlice, millipedes, stink bugs and more!


Health check heroes: Tues 2, Thurs 18 and Weds 31 August

Time: 12.30-2pm (drop-in sessions, no need to book)

Location: Keeper's Corner (next door to Hunter's Creek)

Role-play being an animal keeper and get hands-on with otter and flamingo toys as we perform a 'health check' on these awesome wetland animals. Weigh them, measure them and check their condition before a possible trip to the vet for x-rays!


Moth morning:Sat 6 August and Sat 3 September

Time: 10.30-11.30am (drop-in sessions, no need to book)

Location: Education Barn

Help our wetland rangers with our survey work and see amazing moths up close. You might even get to hold one! Learn about the thousands of species found locally and see if we've had any rare visitors to the moth trap overnight. *Weather dependant - dates subject to change last minute*


Other times on Sunday 14 August

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