World Ranger Day
World Ranger Day both commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.
World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July and is celebrated by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF’s) member Associations, The Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organisations, schools and individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF worldwide.
The first World Ranger Day was observed in 2007 on the 15th anniversary of the founding of the IRF.
Let’s pause for a moment to reflect on the sacrifice that these Rangers make; to honour the fallen Rangers and their colleagues who still bravely undertake their role in the field.
Ways to Celebrate + Commemorate World Ranger Day
- Light a candle and observe a minute’s silence for Rangers who have died in the line of duty.
- Plant a tree as a living tribute to Rangers around the world.
- Talk with park visitors, family, friends, colleagues and partners about the work of Rangers around the world.
- Host a public event dedicated to the work of Rangers around the world.
- Educate local communities about the importance of protected areas and the vital role that Rangers play.
- Visit a school to engage young people in the future of world parks, biodiversity, and conservation.
- Invite a Ranger from another park to join you and your co-workers for a week in your park.
- Write an article for your local newspaper about Rangers and the significance of World Ranger Day.
- Award Rangers in your association who have made a special contribution to conservation.
- Lobby your state or national government to establish a National Ranger Day.
Have fun! Celebrate your role in protecting the world’s natural and cultural treasures.