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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 4, AOS 1

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Over 3.5 million people visit Phillip Island every year and Phillip Island Nature Parks manages 26% of the island. 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. Rangers will walk students through the penguin colony across the site of the Summerland Housing Estate to observe how we use research to influence our management of the land.

Duration: 2 hours

Location: The Penguin Parade

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Penguins on Parade: An Ecotourism Case Study – Unit 4, AOS 1

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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. 

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Penguin Parade

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Summerland Peninsula's Changing Land Use – Unit 4, AOS 2

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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 Penguin Parade as it is managed today. Students will walk through time across the Summerland Peninsula with our rangers, looking at evolving management strategies and the impacts people, environment, and research have played. 

Duration: 2 hours

Location: The Penguin Parade

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Penguin Parade Past and Present – Unit 4, AOS 2

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The protected Summerland Peninsula is home to Phillip Island’s last remaining colony of little penguins, however for many years their future was in jeopardy. In this ranger led activity, students will walk through time with the little penguins, as they follow their 80 year battle for survival, the changing face of the Penguin Parade, and the evolution of eco-tourism strategies.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: The Penguin Parade

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 Protecting the Hooded Plover – Unit 3, AOS 1

 hoodie talk

Less than 600 hooded plover 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.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Location: The Penguin Parade

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Protecting Our Marine Environment – Unit 2, AOS1, 2 & 3

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Through hands on surveying students will discover the impacts of marine debris on our wildlife and environment.Help our rangers protect iconic marine species such as little penguins, Australian fur seals and short-tailed shearwaters. We also provide students with the opportunity to conduct marine debris surveys across different beach for the opportunity to compare and contrast data sets.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Smiths Beach

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Rockpool Quadrats – Unit 3, AOS 1

Rockpool quadrat talks     

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Smiths Beach

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Bushland Quadrats – Unit 3, AOS 1

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Rangers help students investigate the interactions between the bushland animals and their environment. Through a quadrat analysis, students determine the abundance of plants and animals. Students will also discuss the human impact on the area and the effect this might have on their results. We also provide the opportunity to conduct surveys across different sites which provide students with the chance to comapare

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

Location: The Koala Conservation Centre

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Rhyll Inlet Vegetation Profile – Unit 1, AOS 1

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Rangers explore ecological topics such as succession and zonation through the investigation of wetland eco-systems. Students collect data of flora and fauna abundance by creating a vegetation profile along a transect. Students will also discuss the human impact on the area and the effect this might have on their results.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Location: Rhyll Inlet, meeting at Conservation Hill

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