Media Releases 2016

Posted on 30/11/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

“Penguin Chirpy Chicks” waddling further afield

Following the success of the pilot “Chirpy Chicks” program in 2015/16, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Education Rangers will be able to deliver this inclusive learning experience to an even greater number of students, thanks to funding from ExxonMobil Australia.

Kim Dunstan, Education Coordinator with Phillip Island Nature Parks said “This recent announcement will allow our Rangers to implement this program in classrooms in Altona, Williamstown, Sale, Hastings and South Gippsland. The Nature Parks has been fortunate to receive great support from ExxonMobil over many years, and this funding is another example of ExxonMobil’s ongoing commitment to environmental education.”

The “Chirpy Chicks” program is for Prep – Year 2 students, and is linked to the Victorian curriculum. It provides students with the opportunity to learn about wildlife, living things, external features, habitat, adaptations, research techniques and threats.

Students become research assistants by weighing, measuring and scanning penguin plush toys, touching and feeling taxidermy penguins and dressing up in a penguin suit to discover penguin adaptations. Along the way they discover the many threats facing little penguins and feel empowered to take action to help protect our marine environment.


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