ARUBA – Another outstanding effort from the parks of the Dutch Caribbean has strengthened our region’s nature education for youth. Last weekend, Parke Nacional Arikok launched their brand new Junior Ranger Camp.
The camp, sponsored by Cede Aruba will run over two weekends bringing some 30 young Arubans ages 12 – 14 out to nature to learn ecology, geology and nature conservation first hand within the national park of Aruba. The park is working with many partners, including teachers to put together this pilot camp, which aims to develop young leaders in the Aruban community and will expand over the coming months and years. The dedicated staff of Fundacion Parke Nacional Arikok are reinvesting in the future of Aruba by investing in youth education.
Arikok’s new Junior Ranger programme is modeled off of the regional initiative, Wild4Life, a standard framework nature educational programme for children throughout the Dutch Caribbean. Wild4Life is a fun, cool, feel-good dynamic and active programme of learning with opportunities for skills development, all connected to real nature conservation on our islands.
The Dutch Caribbean is home to a wealth of nature. The parks and conservation organizations on Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten are working tirelessly to reconnect young people and nature.