Bookings for digital experiences can be made via email: schoolbookings@penguins.org.au

Ranger Bytes! (Primary & Secondary Levels 3-10)

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Bite sized ranger facilitated video conferences, focused on the biology and conservation of Millowl's (Phillip Island's) key native species. Choose a learning theme for your students: Little Penguins, Koalas, Seals or Threatened Species.

Learning Resoucres (Available as Google Slides, PowerPoint or PDF)

Penguins (3 - 6)

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Penguins (7 - 10)

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Koalas (3-6)

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Koalas (7-8)

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Koalas (9-10)

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Seals (3-6)

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Seals (7-10)

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Threatened Species (3 - 6)

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Threatened Species (7 - 10)

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Cameras & Conservation Digital (Secondary)

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This interactive learning session provides students an understanding of how science and technology contribute to the conservation of threatened species. Students are supported to identify native species and their threats through a wildlife camera trap image sequencing activity. They consider conservation decisions made in relation to data gathered from wildlife cameras and discuss ethical considerations when using technology.

 

Balancing Tourism and the Environment (VCE)

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Tourists have been coming to see our Little Penguins since the 1920s. Over the years the Penguin Parade has evolved to become a world leading ecotourism destination that relies on conservation research to inform our decision-making. Join our rangers to find out how this research allows us to create a balance between the environmental outcomes, the economic value, and the social impacts.

This virtual fieldwork session enables students to complete Geography Unit 2: Tourism. The program is delivered in 2 x 40minute digital sessions and includes a presentation, student work book and downloadable resources and a virtual tour of the Penguin Parade Visitor Centre. Students are provided content and engaged in analysing and explaining the impacts of tourism on people, places and environments to evaluate the effectiveness of strategies for managing tourism.

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Balancing Tourism and the Environment Additional Resources:

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Penguin Beach Crossing Averages 

Every night at the Penguin Parade we count the number of penguins that walk acorss the beach. This graph shows the yearly average numbers from 1977 - 2011

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Summerland Peninula 1927 Advertising Brochure

Ideal Summerland on the Nobbies Phillip Island - The Land of Somewhere We Long to Go! A scanned copy of the original advertising brochure for the Summerlands Housing Estate

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Results of the 1984 Penguin Research Group Summerland Peninsula Study

A graph showing the decline of penguin numbers leading up to the year 2000

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Changes in area to the penguin colony on the Summerlands Peninsula

Every 10 years researchers at the Phillip island Nature Parks undertake the lengthy task of mapping the penguin colony. This image shows how the area of th epenguin colony has changed from 1984 through to 2014

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 Phillip Island Nature Parks Summerland Peninsula Master Plan

What do the nature parks have planned for the continued protection and use of the Summerland Peninsula This document provides a snapshot of what we hope to achieve. 


Australia Day Long Weekend 1978

On this day over 8000 people attended the Penguin Parade and saw 114 penguins walk across the beach

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Mr Bert West

Bert was appointed honarary wildlife officer in 1931

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Removal of Nanjas

Holiday home to Jean Verway and Sue Utber. Once this house was removed 4030 plants and 117 penguin boxes were installed on this site.

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Penguin Colony Extinctions

Over time the number of penguin colonies on Phillip Island dropped rapidly. This map records the locations and last dates of penguins sighted at these colonies.

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Seal Spotter – Citizen Science Program

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Join our rangers, researchers and global community as we work together to identify population status and entanglments through the SealSpotter portal.

 

Seal Secrets

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What makes a seal swim? This easy to use resource prompts students to explore the world of our Australian fur seals through a variety of media. Students explore how seals' features make them particularly suited to their environment and how human activities are impacting their ability to survive. 

Download Seal Secrets Resource (recommended for years 3 - 6)

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Design for Nature 

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Climate change is predicted to make Phillip Island hotter and drier, so Nature Parks in collaboration with La Trobe University, is testing 50 artificial burrows, in five different designs, to better protect penguins during extreme hot weather. How would you design a penguin burrow to protect our little feathered friends? Explore the challenges little penguins face in a changing climate, the concepts of passive design, and create a little penguin burrow that can extend the deadline on saving this iconic animal.

This resource is available to download as Google SlidesPowerPoint or interactive PDF.