Who is a ranger
About rangers and how to become one
We often get inquiries about what rangers are and how to become a ranger. Yes, what are rangers anyway ?!
Rangers are a diverse group of people who deal with life in nature for various interests. One does it for the joy of biology, the other for adventure, while others "practice" getting out. What they all have in common is the joy of living outside. The longing to get out again, to find a balance to this fast-paced world.
Over time, the ranger develops skills that enable him to live outside. Not just to survive, but to live. One of the most important skills is that Observe. Observation promotes deep understanding. This is followed by technical skills.
Being a ranger means being able to roam independently through the woods. A piece of freedom. It also means being able to take a step back. Dispense. To see clothes from the shops hurt people in poor countries. To see that the conventional cultivation of food destroys the natural habitats.
And not only to see - but also to act responsibly: no food from genetic engineering, no food from conventional cultivation or to buy overseas. Pay attention to too much packaging. And make decisions every day.
But also actively removing the rubbish that is dumped in the area. To save what can still be saved. Relocate and multiply plants - thereby saving them.
Developing an understanding of the cycles of nature is a prerequisite for a harmonious life with and in nature. As I said, at the beginning there is observation. But how do I watch, what am I watching ?!
Growing plants on the windowsill is one of those first contacts. As banal as this observation may sound, it will open your eyes. Try growing up a little wilderness - preferably with edible plants. Why not with bought seeds - but please not from conventional seed companies in the supermarket. These companies grow their seeds in warm countries like Africa all year round. With chemical and genetic engineering, with the expulsion of small farmers from their land. Contact associations for the conservation of old seeds. For example Flail .. Seeds can also be collected and propagation can be carried out. Try to create barren soil in soil with as much life as possible.
Life in nature is determined by foraging for food. Rangers are therefore also foragers. Existing stocks of plants and animals are used, or own cultivation is operated. This cultivation differs enormously from the "allotment garden cultivation" or the modern agricultural variant. More on this in our article about Ranger as a gardener.
Basically, Rangers are people who enjoy the simple life and have a lot of knowledge of what goes on outside. They are wise in the sense that their experiences are not based on books but on observation and experimentation. All budding rangers are advised to try a lot for themselves. Also at home! If you can't bake bread at home, you can't bake it outside either. If you can't process fresh raw food at home, you can't do it outside either. Those who are not used to the effects of wild plants at home will be surprised on the weekends.
So start small - make it big; oP
We wish you lots of fun and success!
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