Back in February I received some very exciting news – that I have been chosen to represent the National Trust at this years World Ranger Congress in Colorado, USA (!!!).
Taking place in May, the Congress will be based at the Estes Park Centre in the Rocky Mountain National Park.
Organised by the International Ranger Federation (IRF), this triannual event (previously held in Tanzania, Bolivia, Australia, South Africa, Costa Rica, Poland & Scotland!) brings together delegates from 60+ countries to explore the various ways rangers and protected area professionals are actively protecting and preserving the world’s natural and cultural resources from ever-increasing threats like climate change and poaching. It also acts as a forum for fellow rangers to meet and share experiences.
I have no doubt that it will be an invaluable experience – an opportunity to learn new skills, share knowledge and create lasting partnerships (and friends!). Being a ranger is something I’m incredibly proud of, and I think it will be very inspiring to meet other rangers from around the world, and find out first hand what they get up to in their roles.
Not satisfied with that – after the Congress I will be staying in the USA, travelling to the Pinnacles National Park for 3 days of volunteering with their ranger team.
This will involve patrols with one of their Law Enforcement Rangers, working with their Education and Interpretation Team, meeting their Wildlife Biologist and getting involved with their California Condor reintroduction programme.
I will keep an online diary whilst I am away, sharing my experience through the DAY IN THE LIFE OF A RANGER blog. So keep tuned for further updates!
Now, as some have suggested, it might be worth learning about these before I go…