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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 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

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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

Download the student workbook here!

Attending the Parade? To help students gather primary data we have created an observational survey to assist with looking at the impacts of ecotourism on both the penguins and our visitors. Students monitor management events, educational events and environmental impacts through observation of visitors and rangers.

Download the survey here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Penguins on Parade: An Ecotourism Case Study

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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

Attending the Parade? To help students gather primary data we have created an observational survey to assist with looking at the impacts of ecotourism on both the penguins and our visitors. Students monitor management events, educational events and environmental impacts through observation of visitors and rangers.

Download the survey here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Summerland Peninsula's Changing Land Use

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Tourism on Phillip Island has undergone many changes over the years. From the early days of car tours with picnic lunches in the 1920s, to 8000 people in attendance at the Penguin Parade Australia Day long weekend 1978, to the current Nature Parks as it is managed today. Students will walk through time with our rangers looking at evolving management strategies and the impacts people, environment and research have played.

  • Impacts of tourism on the people, animals and environment of Phillip Island
  • Historical use of the land including the traditional owners, the Boon wurrung
  • Ranger led walk through the penguin colony and the former site of the Summerland Housing Estate
  • Influence of research and new information on park management strategies
  • Rehabilitation strategies including revegetation, soil rehabilitation and pest removal

Duration: 2 hours

Location: The Penguin Parade

Download the student workbook here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Protecting Our Marine Environment

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Through hands on surveying students will explore the origins and pathways of marine debris; identify the roles, risks and effects to the community and environment whilst helping to protect the iconic marine species of Phillip Island.

  • Data collection
  • Marine debris dispersal (water cycle)
  • Human impact and risk
  • Environmental threats and solutions
  • Bioaccumulation (food chains)

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Smiths Beach

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Rockpool Quadrats

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Explore the rocky platform and the amazing creatures that live there 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 animals and plants.Using both Summerlands Beach and Smiths Beach, students can make comparisons between two beaches that have different levels of human impact.

  • Classification
  • Food webs
  • Human interactions and their effects
  • Collect data

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Smiths Beach

Download the survey datasheet here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Bushland Quadrats

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Incorporating a mix of remanent vegetation and rehabilitated bushland, the Oswin Roberts Reserve requires careful management. Through conducting bushland quadrats students will look at the impacts of people, wildlife, and planned burning on this special environment.

  • Fire management including the impacts of controlled burning
  • Human impact and management strategies
  • Quadrat and analysis methodologies

Duration: 1.5 hours (1 site), 2.5 hours (2 sites), 3.4 hours (3 sites)

Location: The Koala Conservation Centre

Download the survey datasheet here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Rhyll Inlet Vegetation Profile

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Rangers explore the importance and implications of maintaining biodiversity in wetlands and examine the nature of an ecosystem in terms of network of relationships within a community of diverse organisms. Students will collect data of flora and fauna abundance by creating a vegetation profile. Students will also discuss human impacts on the area and the effect this might have on their results.

  • Relationships between organisms that form a living community and their habitat
  • Independencies between species as represented by food webs, including impact of changes to species
  • The distribution, density and size of a population of a particular species within an eco-system

Duration: 1.5 hours

Location: Rhyll Inlet, meeting at Conservation Hill

Download the survey datasheet here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Koala Conservation and Management

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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

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Shifting Sands of Time

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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: 2 hours

Location: Cape Woolamai

Download the student workbook here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Tracking Biodiversity

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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

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Protecting the Hooded Plover

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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: 1½ hours

Location: The Penguin Parade

Download the student workbook here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Adaptations of Organisms

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Phillip Island is home to some unique and special animals that have adapted to suit our particular environments. Through a mixture of interactive lectures and hands on field work students will undertake three cases studies: the little penguin, the Australian fur seal and the koala. Through studying these animals students will discover structural, physiological, reproductive and behavioural adaptations. These adaptations assist the animals in coping with thermoregulation, osmoregulation and environmental factors.

  • Structural, behavioural, reproductive, and physiological adaptations
  • In field observation of penguin and seal habitat
  • Koala component includes hands on field work, observing behaviours and structural features of taxidermy koalas
  • The Australian fur seal component can be completed aboard the Sea Sprinter on our Eco Boat Tour to Seal Rocks

Duration: 3 hours (plus travel time)

Location: The Penguin Parade (little penguins), The Nobbies Centre (Australian fur seals), The Koala Conservation Centre (koalas)

Download the student workbook here!

Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry? Contact us or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Thermoregulation and Water Balance

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Students will gain an understanding of the diverse needs of Australian animals. Using little penguins and Australian fur seals as case studies, students will investigate the structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations that relate to thermoregulation and water balance.

  • Thermoregulation and Osmoregulation strategies
  • Compare and contrast strategies  implemented by two different marine animals

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Penguin Parade

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