For more than 20 years Judy Harrington has been a familiar face around Sydney Olympic Park, protecting the Park’s environment and wildlife, and sharing her extensive knowledge with visitors, young and old in her role as a Ranger.
Environmental Rangers like Judy play an important part in the day-to-day operations of Sydney Olympic Park, and World Ranger Day on Tuesday 31 July provided an opportunity to acknowledge their commitment to conservation.
Judy is Sydney Olympic Park’s longest serving Park Ranger and has qualifications in Education, Environmental Studies and Ornithology (the study of birds). She is a keen ‘birder’ and has been involved in local conservation since working as a volunteer for the Bicentennial Park Trust in the 1990s.
During her time living and working in the local area Judy has witnessed the evolution of Sydney Olympic Park and has seen a huge change in attitudes about the local wetlands and natural areas.
“It’s wonderful to be able to share stories of the parklands and wildlife with local families and overseas visitors, particularly children who are always excited to learn about our birds and wildlife,” Judy said.
“I’m pleased that there remains a positive attitude towards protecting and preserving our natural environment as Sydney Olympic Park evolves further as a residential, commercial and sporting area.”
Starting on Tuesday 7 August Children aged up to five, along with their parents or carers will have the opportunity to explore the natural world in a fun and friendly environment at a new weekly ‘Meet the Ranger’ kid’s time activity at Sydney Olympic Park.
The free sessions will be held at Bicentennial Park on Tuesday mornings during the school term, where kids can enjoy songs, stories, rhymes and simple crafts.
Bookings are required. To register or find out more contact the Sydney Olympic Park Authority on 9714 7888 or firstname.lastname@example.org