Media Releases 2017

Posted on 18/04/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

“Penguin Chirpy Chicks” spreading the word in more classrooms

Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Education Rangers have been on the road, delivering the inclusive ‘Chirpy Chicks’ learning program to more students than ever before, thanks to funding from ExxonMobil Australia, announced in November last year.

Kim Dunstan, Education Coordinator with Phillip Island Nature Parks said “This funding has given our Rangers the opportunity to implement this program in areas we haven’t visited before. We’ve already been to Nyora and Inverloch Kongwak Primary Schools, and we have another 15 schools registered which we are due to visit during Term 2.”

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.

Kim said “These students are so knowledgeable about so many issues, including marine debris which is harming our marine life. Many of these children already had actions in place either at school or at home to help reduce the plastic problem facing our oceans, and this program has given them an even greater understanding that small actions can add up to big changes.”

There are still just a couple of spots available for the Nature Parks rangers to deliver this program to schools in the Altona, Williamstown, Sale, Hastings or South Gippsland areas, so give the Education team a call on 5951 2802 if you’d like the ‘Chirpy Chicks’ program to come and visit you at your school.

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Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick – Communications Executive
Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au