Young Rangers working in the Lake District National Park.

Young Rangers

Please note that our Young Ranger programme is currently fully subscribed. You can join a waiting list by completing the application below, and we will notify you as soon as spaces become available.

Our Young Rangers programme  is an ideal way for people aged between 14 and 18 to get involved in practical conservation volunteering. Young Rangers activities take place every month (usually on the 3rd Sunday of the month) and are led by experienced Rangers from organisations from a range of organisations such as the National Trust, Fix the Fells, West Cumbria Rivers Trust and the John Muir Trust, supported by dedicated and knowledgeable adult volunteer leaders.

We take part in a range of activities, from tree planting to footpath maintenance, at sites across the Lake District National Park. We have shared return transport available from Kendal, or you can arrange to meet us at the volunteering sites.

Many of our Young Rangers use their experience as part of the volunteering or skills sections of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, but you don't need to completing the DofE awared to take part. If you'd like to apply to be a Young Ranger, then please read the FAQs below and then click 'Apply to Volunteer' - you'll need a parent or guardian to give their details as part of your application.

FAQs

What sort of things are Young Rangers involved in?

Young Rangers work on a wide range of practical conservation tasks. In summer  we are mainly up in the fells repairing and maintaining upland paths. At other times of year we could be involved in a variety of other conservation tasks such as dry-stone-walling, hedge-laying, and woodland work. Most meetings are outdoors although we sometimes get together for indoor training or social events .

When?

We meet once a month on a Sunday, from 10am - 4pm throughout the year. We try to organise a varied and interesting programme of activities and also offer some social events and training opportunities.

In return, we do ask that you commit to attend regularly (although we understand that people may be away or unavailable on the odd occasion.)

Where?

All over the Lake District National Park, locations can vary from high fells to valleys and woodlands depending on what is required by Fix the Fells staff and the time of year. Thanks to Generation Green funding we have some capacity to help with transport and will have a minibus that runs from Kendal to the work sites. However we do require that you can either make your own way to Kendal or to the work site.

Will I spend a full day out on the fells in all weathers?

We really do go out whatever the weather - all year round, and as this is the Lake District we often experience all four seasons in one day! While we prepare with the right clothes and equipment, it can sometimes be challenging working outside.

Who leads the group?

The days are led by our dedicated volunteer leader, Neil, and the practical work is supervised by a National Trust Ranger, along with support from specialist Fix the Fells volunteers. All leaders have experience in working with young people and are fully trained in First Aid and Risk Management. Young people do not need to be accompanied.

What equipment do I need?

You will need to bring full waterproofs and warm clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. You will also need to bring food and drink, sun cream and insect repellent according to the season. All other equipment, such as gloves and safety boots, is provided. We can lend work waterproofs given enough notice.

Do I need any specialist skills or previous experience?

No previous experience is necessary, but conservation work, particularly upland path work, can be strenuous and tiring - so you will need to be physically fit and able, keen to learn and willing to listen and follow health and safety guidance. It can be messy and dirty too but it is great fun, and we do stop for regular rests. The days are planned specifically with young people in mind.

I'd like to find out more before I apply...

Please contact our Learning an Engagement Activity Leader, Jenny Naybour by email or on 01539 440276. Jenny works alongside the Young Ranger events and will be happy to answer any questions you, or your parent or guardian, have about the Young Ranger programme.


Apply to be a Young Ranger