World Ranger Day
annually on July 31st (since 2007)
Environment & Conservation
Government & Politics
Work & Career
The International Ranger Federation (IRF), an organization that supports the work of rangers, defines a ranger as "the person involved in the practical protection and preservation of all aspects of wild areas, historical and cultural sites" and says "rangers provide recreational opportunities and interpretation of sites while providing links between local communities, protected areas and area administration." World Ranger Day is an initiative of the IRF, along with The Thin Green Line Foundation, its charitable arm. It is celebrated on the anniversary of the IRF's founding and was first held on its fifteenth anniversary in 2007. The Universal Ranger Support Alliance now also supports the day.
World Ranger Day celebrates rangers and the work rangers do to protect the natural treasures and cultural heritage of the planet. It's also a day to remember rangers who have been killed or injured while protecting state and national parks. World Ranger Day events are held at parks, among other places. The documentary The Thin Green Line premiered on the first observance at parks around the world and continues to be shown on the day.
How to Observe World Ranger Day
- Check the International Ranger Foundation's website for information related to this year's observance and to access this year's World Ranger Day toolkit.
- Have a moment of silence to honor rangers who have lost their lives.
- Support The Thin Green Line Foundation.
- Watch The Thin Green Line documentary.
- If you are a ranger, you could become a member of the International Ranger Federation and explore tools for rangers on their website. If you are a ranger at a national park, you could join the Association of National Park Rangers.
- Post about the day on social media. You could hold the World Ranger Day sign, which is available in the toolkit, and take a picture of yourself with it and post it on the International Ranger Federation Facebook and The Thin Green Line Facebook pages. Use the hashtags #WorldRangerDay, #StandWithRangers, and #NaturesProtectors when posting.