Posted on 22/06/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks
Penguins spotted in Altona and Gippsland classrooms
Rangers from the Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Education team were delighted to have shared their ‘Chirpy Chicks’ penguin program recently with a total of 685 students in the Gippsland, Altona and Newport areas.
This innovative and immersive school incursion program takes students on a journey through the life of a little penguin, and has been made possible through the generous support of ExxonMobil.
Kim Dunstan, Education Coordinator with Phillip Island Nature Parks said: “We were thrilled when ExxonMobil’s continued funding support was announced late last year, knowing that this would allow us to reach out to a whole range of schools. During May, we were able to engage with students in Longford, Sale and Rosedale in the Gippsland region, as well as students in the urban areas of Altona and Newport.”
The ‘Chirpy Chicks’ incursion program immerses students in storytelling through the latest Nature Parks’ book entitled ‘What animal am I?’. Students also take on the role of research assistant as they weigh, measure and scan penguin plush toys, as well as handle taxidermy penguins.
“One of the students’ favourite activities is dressing up in a penguin suit, discovering some of the features and adaptations of a little penguin. Along the way they discover the many threats facing little penguins, and they feel empowered to take action to help protect our marine environment, which is one of the most gratifying outcomes of this program” Kim concluded.