Our Mission

The Wild Ranger programme was created to provide children and adults of all ages and backgrounds the opportunities to interact with and access nature in fun, inclusive, creative and inspiring ways through gardening and nature conservation. Our mission is to promote the conservation and enhancement of the green spaces and nature conservation sites we work in for the benefit of wildlife and people’s wellbeing. We do this by running outdoor adventure learning and gardening sessions and carrying out nature conservation work, including leading volunteer days which help improve local green spaces.

Our History

Our team have been running an outdoor eduction programme since 2012 as part of the work of The Baring Trust – a trust that was set up to preserve the historic and natural environment of the neighbourhood and as part of the Grove Park Community Group Environment, Wellbeing and Education sub committee.

They have also led other green space projects in the borough as volunteers, including helping to set up and manage a community garden.

In January 2020 the team formalised the outdoor education work into the ‘Wild Rangers’ programme.

In July 2021, Wild Rangers was establisehd as a non-profit venture (a company limited by guarantee) with a mission to connect people with nature through our gardening and nature clubs and other nature conservation work. Any funds we receive for our clubs or other means goes towards staff costs to run the sessions as well as contribute to the conservation and enhance of related green spaces initiatives and projects we work with.

About Us

Welcome to our Wild Adventures in the Great Outdoors.

We believe all children and adults of all ages and backgrounds should have access to nature near to where they live.

 

What We Do

Our Team

All session leaders are DBS checked. We also work with other partner tutors and workshop leads, who are experts in their field.

Stephen Kenny

Team Lead

Barry O’Donovan

Team Member

Lily German

Team Member

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Testimonials

We love Wild Rangers so much. It's a wonderful way of experiencing the abundant nature on our doorstep and we have learned so much from the sessions. Our children are 7, 5, 5, and 6 months and they have all hugely enjoyed coming every week, rain and shine, to get together with other families in our local community, some of whom we have never met before. We've loved both the structured and more free activities, including making clay sand fairies, "houses", painting stones, planting herbs, tasting different herbs and fruits, hearing wonderful stories, singing songs and learning about all the animals and plants in our local area. We've made countless new connections, not only with people, but also with our natural surroundings and community activities. We feel much more part of our community as a result of coming to Wild Rangers. It's a uniquely wonderful thing, but it shouldn't be unique!

Anna, Local resident

We become involved as a family through attending the Wild Rangers group at the start of 2020. Having the opportunity to explore the local environment has been amazing - particular highlights were the hundred year old ants nests and finding the hairstreak butterfly eggs on the oak buds. Something we would never have experienced somewhere else. It’s also really given us a sense of value about what is on our doorstep - looking at things you normally walk straight past!

Victoria, Local resident

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