Earth Rangers podcast

Ages: 5 - 12Producer: Earth Rangers

In its stated mission is to create a generation of conservationists, this Canadian-based audio programming is creating engaging and educational experiences that transport youngsters’ curiosity and imaginations into the wild kingdom and the mysteries of nature, with stories about animals, interviews with biologists, zoologists and other experts, silly animal jokes and learning games.

“Close your eyes and come with me to today’s destination….,” Earth Ranger Emma, a wildlife biologist and roaming reporter, begins a quest to visit Polar Bears at the North Pole. The Arctic episode dwells largely on why Polar Bears are white (even though, as we learn, their skin is black and their fur has no color). Other episodes feature eagles and falcons; the world’s top-10 biggest cats; birds who eat snakes; the world’s funniest animals (“This one’s going to be a hoot!”), big-eared bats; Beluga whales, penguins, and more! Another episode tracks the life cycle of a frog, with a sidebar tale about which species of frog is best to kiss! Earth Rangers always has time to slip in a quick joke (“What time is it when a Rhino sits on your bed? Time to get a new bed!”) and games such as Who Am I? (Identify an Orca whale by the sound of its voice).
Earth Rangers is loaded with talk…lots of talk, most of it during each 15-minutes-or-so broadcast from its chatty host Earth Ranger Emma. And the podcast heard online connects to Earth Rangers’ larger nonprofit website that promotes loving animals and conservation-related activism, offering ways kids can become more involved in saving animals and nature.

Don Oldenburg ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of “The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion” (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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