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Little Penguin Investigation      

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Penguin Parade
penguin talk

Learn about the lives of little penguins on land and at sea, and discover how our rangers are protecting them.

In this fun-filled ranger led adventure students learn about the little penguins’ special features, their threats and survival needs, and have a closer look for signs of penguins in the colony.

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Thermoregulation and Water Balance      

  • Duration: 3 hours plus travel
  • Location: Penguin Parade, Nobbies Centre and Koala Conservation Centre
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Students will gain an understanding of the diverse needs of Australian animals. Using Little Penguins, Australian Fur Seals and Koala’s as case studies students will investigate the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that relate to thermoregulation and water balance.

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Balancing Tourism and the Environment      

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Penguin Parade
balancing talk

How does Phillip Island Nature Parks manage its 500,000 visitors each year while protecting one of Victoria’s largest penguin colonies?

Students investigate how the Penguin Parade has changed over time from European settlement through to the present day. Students view current Penguin Parade management strategies and create their own evaluation for future management of the area. 

  • Option 1: Field based – (30min Presentation, 45min outdoors Penguin Parade, 45min outdoors Summerlands)
  • Option 2: Lecture based – (1 hour presentation, 1 hour outdoors Penguin Parade)


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Koala Conservation and Management      

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Koala Conservation Centre
koala management talk

Meet the koalas face to face on the tree top boardwalks and discover how they have adapted to their environment. 


Learn about koala threats and how the Nature Parks is involved in the research and conservation of the koala population on Phillip Island. Students view current management strategies at the Koala Conservation Centre and create their own evaluation for future management of the area.

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Koala Prowl      

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Koala Conservation Centre
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Visit the Koala Conservation Centre after dark and meet the amazing nocturnal animals of our Australian bush.  Learn about the special features that help these animals survive and how we can protect them.

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Bushland Quadrats   

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Oswin Roberts Reserve
bushland quadrats talk

Rangers help students investigate the interactions between the bushland animals and their environment. Through a quadrat analysis along a transect students determine the abundance of flora and fauna. Students will also discuss the human impact on the area and the effect this might have on their results.

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Rockpool Quadrats      

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location:Smiths or Summerlands beach
Rockpool quadrat talks

Explore Phillip Island’s rocky platforms and amazing rockpool creatures with the help of our expert rangers. Perform a quadrat analysis to discover where on the platform the different creatures call home. Investigate the special features, biology and threats facing these special animals and plants.
Extension activity: Students make comparisons between Smiths and Summerlands beach -  two beaches with different levels of human impact.

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Rockpool Ramble      

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: various Phillip Island beaches – subject to tide times
rockpool talk

Some animals have 11 arms, others leave a trail of slime!

Join a ranger and explore the incredible marine life found on Phillip Island’s rock platforms. You will be amazed by the creatures you discover, their habitat, special features and how they survive in an ever changing environment.

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Protecting Our Marine Environment       

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Smiths or Summerland beach
protecting talk

Through games and investigation students contribute to a national marine debris survey.

Help our rangers protect iconic marine species such as little penguins, Australian fur seals and short-tailed shearwaters. Discover the effects of pollution on our environment and protect local wildlife by surveying the beach.

Extension activity: Using the marine plastics collected during the program, students create art works to showcase their understanding of marine debris.    

Duration: 1 hour
Location: School camps or Penguin Parade

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Marine Park Investigation      

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Fishers Wetland – Churchill Island
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Kayak along the edge of Churchill Island Marine National Park for an adventurous experience of Phillip Island’s wetlands and important marine habitats.
Students examine the unique properties of the waterway and its surroundings. Local and economic issues surrounding the park are also analysed during this ranger led activity. 

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Churchill Island Heritage Farm      

  • Duration: 1 hour+
  • Location: Churchill Island Heritage Farm
churchill talk

Students travel back in time with a ranger to investigate the characters of Churchill Island – discover the story behind Samuel Amess’s cannon, learn about John Rogers the potato farmer and meet the gentle Clydesdale horses.

Program may also include demonstrations of sheep shearing, blacksmithing, working dogs and cow milking. Old time activities such as butter churning, bakers oven and old time games can be included on request.

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Bushtucker Trail      

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Swan Lake
bushtucker talk

The Indigenous clan of Phillip Island survived on a variety of food from the environment. Discover how the land was used before European settlement.

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Mangrove Transects and Vegetation Profiles      

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Rhyll Inlet
mangrove transect talk

Explore ecological topics such as succession and zonation through the investigation of wetland eco-systems. Students collect data of flora and fauna abundance by creating a vegetation profile along a transect. Students will also discuss the human impact on the area and the effect this might have on their results.

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Nobbies Eco Explorer      

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: the Nobbies Centre
Nobbies talk

Join rangers on this truly amazing exploration of the creatures that call Nobbies home. You may see penguins, crested turns, silver gull chicks, snakes and blue tongue lizards. This ranger led activity includes exploration of the Nobbies cliff top boardwalks and views of Australia fur seals through remotely operated seal cameras located in the seal colony.

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Change Over Time: Nobbies      

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Nobbies Centre and boardwalks
change over time talk

Discover how geological and coastal processes have shaped the Nobbies coastline, and view how humans have utilised the area from Indigenous to European settlement.

Students will also examine the current management strategies used to protect the plants and animals of the area.

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Cape Woolamai Landforms      

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Cape Woolamai
cape wooli talk

Students identify and describe geographic characteristic of the Cape Woolamai area. Rangers help students explore the natural processes and factors that created these environments.

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Cape Woolamai: change over time      

  • Duration:2hrs
  • Location: Cape Woolamai 
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Students join a ranger to analyse how Cape Woolamai has been utilised throughout time; from the Boon wurrung, to the current recreational activities. Take a look at what characterises this stunning part of Phillip Island and with a rangers assistance look at the human and natural impacts on this area and how they are managed. 

Topics covered:

  • Traditional land use
  • Impacts of agriculture on the natural environment
  • Environmental management systems
  • Scientific understanding of geological processes

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Protecting the Hooded Plover      

  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Location: Penguin Parade or Cape Woolamai
hoodie talk

Phillip Island Nature Parks offers a unique site tour and presentation exploring the strategies and difficulties faced by rangers and researchers who strive to protect the threatened hooded plover coastal bird. Less than 600 hooded plovers are estimated to exist in Victoria today and the number is declining.

Phillip Island Nature Parks undertakes extensive actions to protect the hooded plover on our beaches. Rangers, researchers and dedicated volunteers work together to raise public awareness and reduce the threats that are having local impacts.

During this ranger led activity, students will learn more about the hooded plover, its habitat and strategies that are currently being employed to reduce threats. Students will have access to the resources and data generated by Phillip Island Nature Parks, enabling them to examine problems and the level of effectiveness.

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