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Our Mission is:

"To develop a greater understanding of the natural environment through exploration, investigation and hands on activities.

For bookings please contact our booking office on +61 3 5951 2802, or email us at schoolbookings@penguins.org.au Please see our booking form for further details.  All of our education rangers hold current working with children checks or are VIT registered.The Nature Parks is proud to provide eco-accredited programming and rangers.

                       

                                                               

Balancing Tourism and the Environment – Unit 3 AOS 2

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Over 3.5 million people visit Phillip Island every year and Phillip Island Nature Parks manages 25% of the island. As a conservation and wildlife based organisation it’s up to us, not only to make sure our visitors enjoy their stay, but also to manage this large number of visitors in a sensitive locale, and to impart on them our message of sustainability and conservation.

  • Range of tourism opportunities available on Phillip Island
  • Impact of tourism on people, places and environment
  • Management strategies across the Nature Parks, including management of pest plant and animal species
  • Field work component incorporating a visit to the site of the Summerland Housing Estate

Duration: 2 hours

Location: The Penguin Parade

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Penguins on Parade: An Ecotourism Case Study – Unit 3 AOS 2

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Nearly 1 million people visit the Phillip Island Penguin Parade every year.  As a conservation and wildlife based organisation it’s up to us to not only to make sure our visitors enjoy their stay, but also to manage this large number of visitors in a sensitive locale, and to impart on them our message of sustainability and conservation.

  • History of the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
  • Impact of tourism on people, places and environment
  • Management strategies for people, wildlife and pest plants and animals

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Penguin Parade

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Protecting the Hooded Plover – Unit 3 AOS 1, Unit 4 AOS 3

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Less than 600 hooded plovers remain in Victoria today, with 48 individuals calling Phillip Island home.  Rangers, researchers and dedicated volunteers work together to raise public awareness and reduce active threats. Students will learn about the hooded plover, its habitat, and strategies that are currently employed. Students will have access to the resources and data generated by the Phillip Island Nature parks, enabling them to examine problems and assess the effectiveness of strategies.

  • Types of biodiversity, including genetic, species and ecosystem diversity
  • Conservation categories including genetic diversity, populations and species, and their use in conservation planning
  • Threats to biodiversity, including habitat modification and destruction, competition from exotic species
  • Assessment of threat in determining conservation categories
  • Methods of protecting environments and managing populations

Duration: 1.5 hours

Location: The Penguin Parade

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Koala Conservation and Management – Unit 3 AOS 1&2

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Students gain an understanding of the many considerations that go into managing an environmental tourism operation. Using the Koala Conservation Centre as a case study, students investigate concepts such as captive population management, balancing tourism and the environment, managing native habitat through seasons and time, as well as environmental change over time through contemporary and commercial relationships.

  • Impacts of tourism on the people, animals and environment of Phillip Island
  • Historical management of the koala population
  • Changing strategies in management of koala tourism

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Koala Conservation Centre

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Biosecurity: Hazards and Disasters –

Unit 1 AOS 1&2, Unit 2 AOS 2&3

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Cape Woolamai provides students with the opportunity to investigate and contrast difference types of hazards, and consider causes, impacts, human responses and management.  In the investigation students collect primary data on different biological and technological hazards, though marram grass and erosion mapping, photo monitoring of rabbit impacts and a population count, conducting a marine debris survey, and a case study of past oil spills at Phillip Island and how we are preparing for future spills. Maintaining biosecurity in the face of hazards and disasters is necessary to protect our environment.

  • Field work
  • Primary data collections
  • Two biological hazards
  • Two technological hazards

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Cape Woolamai

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Shifting Sands of Time – Unit 1 AOS 2, Unit 3 AOS 2

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Rangers recount the geological history, natural processes and human influences that have shaped and continue to shape the coastline of Cape Woolamai. Explore the coastal zone and look at plant succession, the range of species, the adaptions required to survive, and how our rangers and researcher are protecting this fragile environment.

  • Historical and modern human impacts on the coastal environment
  • Conservation programs role in restoring damaged areas and protecting wildlife
  • Management strategies for recreational activities, erosion and pest plants and animals

Duration: 1½ hours

Location: Cape Woolamai

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Tracking Biodiversity – Unit 3 AOS 1, Unit 4 AOS 3

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In 1972, in a desperate bid to preserve the eastern barred bandicoot from extinction, researchers established a captive breeding population from wild caught individuals. Just nineteen of these bandicoots successfully passed on their genetic material to create a future generation. Now Phillip Island Nature Parks’ researchers are working to establish a wild population to bring the bandicoots back from extinction.

  • Types of biodiversity, including genetic, species and ecosystem diversity
  • Conservation categories including genetic diversity, populations and species, and their use in conservation planning
  • Threats to biodiversity, including habitat modification and destruction, competition from exotic species
  • Assessment of threat in determining conservation categories
  • Methods of protecting environments and managing populations

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Classroom, Camp or the Penguin Parade

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