Discover Tasmania's Great Outdoors Wed 12 December 2012 Brian Wightman Minister for Environment, Parks and Heritage Tasmanians are being encouraged to sample the Tasmania's beautiful parks and reserves with the Discovery Ranger Program over the summer holidays. The Environment, Parks and Heritage Minister, Brian Wightman, said the program offers free activities including guided walks, quiz nights and games for all ages. "One of the main reasons for living in or visiting Tasmania is our outstanding natural beauty," Mr Wightman said. "Anyone who's yet to sample the beauty and fun of our parks is missing out. "But it can be difficult to know where to start. That's why having a Discovery Ranger to guide your experience is such a great opportunity," he said. The Discovery Ranger Program's in its 34th year. It's about inspiring people to visit Tasmania's parks and reserves, and encouraging them to take care of the natural environment. This summer, it runs from December 27th until January 29th, from the far north-west, to Cockle Creek in the far south (including Bruny Island). The rich Aboriginal heritage of the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area will be highlighted this summer, with Aboriginal community member Colin Hughes joining the local Discovery Ranger for several activities. A Ranger will also greet visitors at Hobart airport - providing information and highlighting biosecurity practices for bushwalkers and fishers in parks and reserves. They'll advise about water-borne pests and pathogens, and how to check, clean and disinfect equipment and gear. The Discovery Ranger Program is fortunate to have partners including Wildcare Inc, NRM South, NRM North, The Bay of Fires Walk, Glenorchy City Council, Cradle Mountain Water and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment's Invasive Species Branch. For program activities, check the Parks and Wildlife website www.parks.tas.gov.au, or local parks and reserves. MEDIA / PHOTO OPPORTUNITY TODAY This year's 16 Discovery Rangers will be at the northern end of Blackmans Bay Beach at 2pm TODAY, Wednesday December 12th, highlighting program activities.