The award winning Coastal Ambassadors program ran from 2000 to 2017 and encouraged primary and secondary students to become ambassadors of the ocean and environment in their local communities. While we have not been able to secure funding for this program to continue in its current form, we are exploring other options for programs to help students create positive change in their community.

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Year 9 Coastal Ambassadors                                   


 Coastal Ambassadors

The Coastal Ambassadors program encourages students to become ambassadors of the ocean and the environment in their local communities.

Students increase their knowledge of environmental issues while developing their leadership, communication and teamwork skills. Each student takes the lessons learnt from the program back to their school and local community.

The year 9 Coastal Ambassadors program ties in closely to the Victorian Curriculum.


The program has two components. Section one is a four day camp held at Phillip Island Nature Parks working with rangers and researchers. Topics covered in the program include marine biology with a focus on little penguins and Australian fur seals, oceanography, sustainability and participating in environmental work. Students also participate in outdoor activities such as surfing and bike riding. Section two involves students undertaking an environmental project at their school or local community. Students will present this work during a showcase held later in the year.      

View the 2017 Coastal Ambassadors brochure 


2017 program dates

Program 1: April 30th - May 3rd

Program 2: May 14th - May 17th

For more information please contact 5951 2826 or


Young Environmental Leaders 

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Stemming from the success of the Year 9 Coastal Ambassadors, the Young Environmental Leaders program is designed for enthusiastic Grade 5 and 6 students who are in leadership positions within their school. 

The Young Environmental Leaders program ties in closely to the Victorian Curriculum.


Program Aims:

  • To increase student knowledge on current environmental issues.
  • To develop student’s interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for increased involvement in leadership roles including communication, negotiation, team work and reflection.  
  • To empower young leaders to take environmental and community based action.
  • To create a network of young environmental leaders from across Gippsland and Victoria.

2017 Program Dates 

Day 1: March 22nd OR March 23rd 

Day 2: September 6th 


For more information please contact 5951 2826 or