Teenagers from Scotland have had a taste of life as rangers in the Cairngorms National Park.
The Junior Rangers are using this week (June 21st to 25th) to discover more about the flora and fauna of the national park, visitor management and the conservation issues surrounding this.
Such education is something that may encourage the youngsters to put on their hiking boots and explore the park more in the future, with such a hope being expressed by convenor of the Cairngorms National Park Authority David Green.
He stated: "These junior ranger events have gone from strength to strength each year and provide our young people with a valuable insight into the qualities that make the Cairngorms National Park such a special place."
As well as the national park authority, the initiative was backed by other bodies such as the RSPB and the Highland Council.
The junior rangers were drawn from local schools in Kingussie, Aboyne, Grantown and Alford.
Visitors to the Cairngorms can enjoy a unique landscape in British terms, with the upland of the highest plateau comprising sub-arctic tundra and hosting creatures like the ptarmigan.
The national park has five of the six highest mountains in Britain.
Posted by Brandon Egley