Yannin nerlingo! (Come along!)
Our curriculum linked experiences for primary school groups are facilitated by eco-accredited rangers who are registered teachers or hold current working with children checks. Our programs occur in nature, on Bunurong Country across our iconic sites, Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island, the Nobbies and in our unique coastal and wetland habitats.
We welcome your enquiry. Our Education Administration Officer can help you create the ideal itinerary for your students. Our ranger facilitated experiences can be booked daily at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm. Evening activities session time varies with the season.
Bookings can be made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation Penguin Ranger
Come along on an exclusive penguin experience and become a Penguin Ranger yourself! Take a journey through the penguin’s natural habitat to learn about their tough lives. Students will get hands on with some of the research tools and processes we use to understand wild penguins. Students are empowered to take action to help protect penguins and other marine animals by understanding the threats they face, including marine debris.
Tree Top Travels
Gurrborra is the Bunurong name for koala and understanding this unique animal is important as we protect habitat and create sustainable futures. Explore gurrborra, the (koala’s) natural environment via our tree top boardwalks. Students will learn about specialised features and adaptations that make these marsupials particularly suited to a woodland environment.
On the iconic beaches of Millowl (Phillip Island) students get hands on during this inquiry into the remarkable beach ecosystem. With our rangers, students embark on a guided exploration of the high tide area and discover and learn about the items they find: origins, adaptations, features and life cycles. Students will develop an understanding of how these items are linked to our own daily lives, understand the threats of marine debris and be empowered to be part of the solution.
Come on an adventure through time at Churchill Island. Consider the seasonal connections the Bunurong Peoples have with the area and discover the lifestyle of the European settlers who migrated to the area and lived off the land. This session prompts students to consider their own connections to places and how we, and animals, use places in life. Enjoy gorgeous gardens around the heritage precinct and meet our friendly farm animals.
Explore the Nobbies boardwalks with our experienced rangers immersing your students in some of the geological, scientific and cultural stories that exist in this dramatic coastal environment. Learn about Seal Rocks and the wild colony of Australian Fur Seals that live there. Discover seal’s distinct physical features, their life-cycles and adaptations for survival. Discuss research methods, threats, and the ways we can all contribute to a healthy marine environment.
Island Haven (Levels 3-10)
The Bunurong people regularly came to Millowl (Phillip Island) as they moved through Country. What do you think they might have done at this unique place? Discover some of the natural resources that Swan Lake has to offer and gain insight into how human needs, both past and present, may be met by the animals, plants and minerals available in the landscape.
Ranger Bytes! (Digital – Levels 3-10)
Join a ranger on the video conferencing platform of your choice. Choose a biological and conservation science learning theme: penguins, koalas, seals or threatened species. Bring your curious questions to these 30-minute, bite size, live sessions that are virtually delivered from our amazing natural places to your classroom. Each digital program has downloadable pre and post resources.
Rewild (Levels 5-Tertiary)
Get up close and personal with some of our native flora. Students join us on an active conservation project and discover Indigenous species and their importance in the ecosystem. Our conservation projects change with the seasons. Students may be planting trees for habitat, collecting seed for propagation, or helping with weed removal. View your conservation efforts on a GIS (Geographic Information System) digital map to gain insight into how Nature Parks protects habitat for wildlife across Millowl (Phillip Island).
Wildlife Box Building (Levels 3-10)
Our wildlife needs your help! A range of native species make use of natural and artificial burrows and in this ranger led hands-on making experience, we ask you to build a box for wildlife. Depending on our conservation needs students will be supported to build artificial penguin burrows or possum, bird or bat boxes. If it can be used at your home or school, students are welcome to take their wildlife box home or leave them to be used by Nature Parks.
Koala Prowl (Levels 3 -10)
Discover the amazing nocturnal wildlife of Millowl’s (Phillip Island’s) woodlands from the vantage point of our treetop boardwalks. By the light of a ranger’s spotlight students can spot possums, owls, bats and spider and insect life, and of course the stars of the show, gurrborra (koalas). Investigate the behaviour, habitat and requirements of the nocturnal animals you discover.
Wildlife Stories (Levels 3-10)
In this ranger led activity students learn about the amazing wildlife that call Millowl (Phillip Island) home. Students will be enthralled by an array of unique taxidermy animals, quirky wildlife facts and interesting stories.