2017 ecotourism 150 x 145

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 

Our secondary brochure is available to download. 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.


Food for Thought

talk churchill

Students explore the sustainability of farming and resource use on Churchill Island, discover landscape degradation, draw comparisons between the past and present, and evaluate whether our society lives sustainably.

  • Sustainability
  • The Boon wurrung people
  • Resource use
  • Farming practices
  • Melbourne's sustainability

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Churchill Island


Momentous Marsupials

talk koala adaptations

Koalas are specialists, surviving in a hostile environment on a toxic diet. When this environment and its resources are compromised we see this change rapidly reflected in our koala population. Come walk through our tree top boardwalks and discover the changes in our koala populations and the lessons on sustainability that these momentous marsupials can teach humans.

  • Features and adaptations
  • Sustainability
  • Conservation

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Koala Conservation Centre

Ask about our night time Koala Prowl!


Seal Research and Rescue

talk seal rescue

Join our rangers on the boardwalks at the Nobbies to learn about the complexe interactions between Australian fur seals and their environment. learn about the latest research techniques, classification, internal systems and how this has change our understanding of the species. Students are inspired to help protect the Australian fur seals future.

  • Classification
  • Research techniques
  • Food webs and food chains
  • Internal systems, responding to change
  • Biotic and abiotic components
  • Human impacts on seals

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Nobbies boardwalks


Rockpool Ramble

talk rockpool 2

Join a Phillip Island Nature Parks ranger to explore the incredible creatures of our rock platforms and how they survive in a constantly changing environment.

  • Ecosystems
  • Food chains and food webs
  • Specialized functions that enable survival on the rock platform

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Smiths or Summerlands Beach

Ask about our special night time Rockpool Spotlight!


Rockpool Quadrats

talk rockpool quadrat

Our rangers will guide your group through how to perform quadrat analyses across one of our rock platforms. Discover where different creatures are found, their habitat requirements, features and threats.

  • Classification
  • Data collection
  • Food webs
  • Human interactions and their effects

Duration: 1.5 hours

Location: Smiths or Summerlands Beach


Protecting our Marine Environment

talk marine debris

Through hands on surveying students will help contribute to a national survey on marine debris. Students will explore the effect marine debris has on our ocean health while focusing on how to protect the iconic marine species of Phillip Island.

  • Data collection
  • Food chains
  • Water cycle
  • Human interaction

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Summerlands or Smiths Beach


Natural Wetland Indicators

talk mangrove profile

Join a ranger to discover the interactions between animals and abiotic features in the wetlands. learn how animals are connected to and can tell us about the health of a waterway.

  • Food chains
  • Wetland ecosystem
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Using macroinvertebrates to determine waterbody health

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Swan Lake or Fishers Wetland


Penguins on the Precipice

Penguin talk 2

Join our rangers on the little penguin 'come back'journey from the precipice. learn about the complex interactions between the penguins and their environment. Travel into the penguin's colony to conduct your own research and learn about the many threats facing our penguins. Through learning about the important role research has played in our penguin's recovery, students will feel empowered to take action to help protect little penguins into the future.

  • Food webs and interactions between organisms
  • Adaptations
  • Research techniques
  • Cycles - daily, seasonal and life long
  • Human impacts on penguins

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Penguin Parade


Shearwater Watch

talk Shearwater watch

Students explore the amazing short-tailed shearwaters, their biology and how they navigate thousands of kilometers and then return to their Phillip Island burrows!

  • Coastal processes
  • Parks management
  • Shearwater biology and behaviour
  • Coastal ecology

Duration: 2 hours

Location: Cape Woolamai


*Subject to time of year*


Nature's Bounty

talk bushtucker

Discover the wealth of natural resources that Swan Lake and Phillip Island has to offer, with an insight into how human needs, both past and present, can be met by the animals, plants and minerals available. Students will also learn about sustainable harvesting of resources to ensure the protection of our future.

  • Natural resources
  • Sustainable land use
  • Indigenous connections to country

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Swan Lake