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 

All of our Education rangers hold current working with children checks or are VIT registered.

The Nature Parks is proud to provide Ecotourism certified programming and rangers.


Food for Thought (7-10)

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 Bunurong people
  • Resource use
  • Farming practices
  • Sustainability

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Churchill Island



Momentous Marsupials (7-10)

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

Is your school group camping? Ask about our unique night time Koala Prowl!



Seal Research and Rescue (7-10)

talk seal rescue

Join our rangers on the boardwalks at the Nobbies to learn about the complex 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 our iconic marine environments.

  • 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 (7-10)

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This incredible ranger led nature experience is among our most memorable. Explore the creatures of our rock platforms and discover how they survive in a constantly changing environment. Join us at low tide for a chance to meet the stars of the sea.

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

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Smiths or Summerlands Beach



Protecting our Marine Environment (7-10)

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



Wetland Indicators (7-10)

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 (7-10)

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



Nature's Bounty (3-10)

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