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 Balancing Tourism and the Environment – Unit 1, AOS 2          

  • Unit 1, AOS 2: Environmental Change
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Penguin Parade
balancing talk

How does Phillip Island Nature Parks manage its 500,000 visitors each year while protecting one of Victoria’s largest penguin colonies?

Students investigate how the Penguin Parade has changed over time from European settlement through to the present day. Students view current Penguin Parade management strategies and create their own evaluation for future management of the area. 

  • Option 1: Field based – (30min presentation, 45min outdoors Penguin Parade, 45min outdoor Summerlands)
  • Option 2: Lecture based – (1 hour presentation, 1 hour outdoors Penguin Parade)

 Topics Covered:

  • Characteristics and distribution of environmental change
  • Cause and effects of human-induced environmental change
  • Human induced changes that contribute to conservation and remediation of the environment
  • Collect and record data from fieldwork
  • Describe and compare conservation projects.

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Protecting Our Marine Environment – Unit 1, AOS 2          

  • Unit 1, AOS 2: Environmental Change
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Smiths or Summerlands beach
protecting talk

Through hands on surveying students will help contribute to a national survey on marine debris.

Help our rangers protect iconic marine species such as little penguins, Australian fur seals and short-tailed shearwaters. Discover the effects of pollution on our environment and protect local wildlife by surveying the beach.

Topics Covered:

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Rockpool Quadrats – Unit 1, AOS 3          

  • Unit 1, AOS 3: Ecosystems
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Smiths or Summerlands beach
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.

Topics Covered:

  • Interactions between organisms competition, predation etc.
  • Distinguishing characteristics of a variety of ecosystems in Victoria
  • Natural short term change on the environment
  • Natural long term change on the environment
  • Model interactions between organisms and their environment
  • Observe and record natural short term cyclic change.

Extension activit: Using both Summerlands Beach and Smiths Beach, students can make comparisons between two beaches that have different levels of human impact. 

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Bushland Quadrats – Unit 1, AOS 3          

  • Unit 1, AOS 3: Ecosystems
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Oswin Roberts Reserve
bushland quadrats talk

Rangers help students investigate the interactions between the bushland animals and their environment. Through a quadrat analysis along a transect, 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.

Topics Covered:

  • Interactions between organisms competition, predation etc.
  • Distinguishing characteristics of a variety of ecosystems in Victoria
  • Natural short term change on the environment
  • Natural long term change on the environment
  • Model interactions between organisms and their environment
  • Observe and record natural short term cyclic change.

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Mangrove Transect and Vegetation Profile – Unit 1, AOS 3       

  • Unit 1, AOS 3: Ecosystems 
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Rhyll Inlet
mangrove talk

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.

Topics Covered:

  • Interactions between organisms competition, predation etc.
  • Distinguishing characteristics of a variety of ecosystems in Victoria
  • Natural short term change on the environment
  • Natural long term change on the environment
  • Model interactions between organisms and their environment
  • Observe and record natural short term cyclic change.

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Wetlands: Natural Environmental Indicators – Unit 2, AOS 1          

  • Unit 2, AOS 1: Environmental Indicators
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Fishers Wetland
pondlife talk 2

Wetlands filter our water and provide a vital habitat for plant and animals. In this hands on ranger led activity, students explore the role of physical, chemical and biological environmental indicators for assessing quality of ecosystem health. Students will use macro-invertebrates to interpret the health of a local Phillip Island wetland system. They will then determine if the water is clean and how they can help protect wetlands in their local area.

Topics Covered:

  • Types of environmental indicators ecological health of ecosystems
  • Ecological niches of organisms
  • Physical, chemical and biological environmental indicators.
  • Using a variety of practical techniques to collect environmental indicators.

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Protecting the Hooded Plover – Unit 3, AOS 2          

  • Unit 3, AOS 2: Diversity in the Biosphere 
  • Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Location: Penguin Parade or Cape Woolamai
hoodie talk

Phillip Island Nature Parks offers a unique site tour and presentation exploring the strategies and difficulties faced by rangers and researchers who strive to protect the threatened hooded plover coastal bird. Less than 600 hooded plovers are estimated to exist in Victoria today and the number is declining.

Phillip Island Nature Parks undertakes extensive actions to protect the hooded plover on our beaches. Rangers, researchers and dedicated volunteers work together to raise public awareness and reduce the threats that are having local impacts.

During this ranger led activity, students will learn more about the hooded plover, its habitat and strategies that are currently being employed to reduce threats. Students will have access to the resources and data generated by Phillip Island Nature Parks, enabling them to examine problems and the level of effectiveness.

Topics Covered:

  • Types of biodiversity, including genetic, species and ecosystem diversity
  • Conservation categories including genetic diversity, populations and species, and their use in conservation planning
  • Threats to biodiversity, including habitat modification and destruction, competition from exotic species
  • Assessment of threat in determining conservation categories
  • Methods of protecting environments and managing populations.


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