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Our mission is to develop a greater understanding of the natural environment through exploration, investigation and hands on activities.

 Whether you are a local, interstate, international, or a distance education class, we invite your students to a curriculum linked environmental learning experience.

Our Education Rangers can provide flexible delivery formats including live video interactions as well as a range of digital resources to support student engagement and learning.

To book an online learning experience with your class please contact our booking office on +61 3 5951 2802 or schoolbookings@penguins.org.au

The Nature Parks is proud to provide Ecotourism certified programming and rangers.

                  
       

Chirpy Chicks (K-2)

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Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Education team have been engaging with schools to teach Prep to Grade 2 all about the little penguin! Through generous support from ExxonMobil, the “Chirpy Chicks” program takes students on a journey through the life of the little penguin, using immersive storytelling to dive into a day in the life of a little penguin, exploring their features and adaptations. 

Students are connected to these little wonders as they discover the many threats facing little penguins and feel empowered to take action to help protect our marine environment.

This program uses a range of short videos and other supporting digital resources to enagage teachers and students alike.

Little ones will be guessing until the end with the beautifully illustrated 'What Animal am I Book' designed for early childhood learning. Complemented by the ‘Little Penguin Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Resource’, it is the perfect book for your budding biologist. 

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To enquire about the availability of this program for your school, please email: schoolbookings@penguins.org.au  or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Ranger Program: Penguins (3 - 10)

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Book an education ranger to join your class for a live video chat about the miraculous little penguin. Learn about their tough lives, their special adaptations to survive and some of the things we can do in our homes and schools to help protect their ocean homes.

Duration: 20 minutes

Format: A live feed digital presentation through a platform our your choice (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex)

To support this program we have also created a downloadable digital resource 'Operation Penguin Ranger' with pre, post, and extension activities for your students.

Operation Penguin Ranger (3 - 6) 

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Operation Penguin Ranger (7 - 10) 

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To enquire about the availability of this program for your school, please email: schoolbookings@penguins.org.au  or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Ranger Program: Koalas (3 - 10)

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Koalas are specialists, surviving in a hostile environment on a toxic diet. When this environment and its resources are compromised we see this change rapidly reflected in our koala population. Via a live video session, experience our tree top boardwalks, discover the changes in our koala populations and the lessons on sustainability that these momentous marsupials can teach humans.

Duration: 20 minutes

Format: A live feed digital presentation through a platform our your choice (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex)

To support this program we have also created a downloadable digital resource 'Momentous Marsupials' with pre, post, and extension activities for your students.

Momentous Marsupials (3 - 6) 

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Momentous Marsupials (7 - 8) 

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Momentous Marsupials (9 - 10) 

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To enquire about the availability of this program for your school, please email: schoolbookings@penguins.org.au  or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Ranger Program: Threatened Species (3 - 10)

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What makes a species threatened? Phillip Island has the unique privillage of being an island haven for threatened species in Victoria. Rangers will walk your students through how species become threatened, what work we are doing with threatened species here on Phillip Island, and how students' own actions impact the survival of these creatures. Come meet our adorable eastern barred bandicoots!

Duration: 20 minutes

Format: A live feed digital presentation through a platform our your choice (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex)

To support this program we have also created a downloadable digital resource 'Species Under Threat' with pre, post, and extension activities for your students.

Species Under Threat (3 - 6) 

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Species Under Threat (7 - 10) 

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To enquire about the availability of this program for your school, please email: schoolbookings@penguins.org.au  or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Ranger Program: Seals (3 - 10)

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Discover the secrets of the Australian fur seals that make them uniquely suited to live on Seal Rocks. Join a live chat with a ranger to learn about their distinct physical features, life-cycles, and how human interference is threatening their existence. 

Duration: 20 minutes

Format: A live feed digital presentation through a platform our your choice (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex)

To extend student's learning check out our Seal Secrets digital resource package below!

To enquire about the availability of this program for your school, please email: schoolbookings@penguins.org.au  or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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Seal Secrets (3-10)

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Want to find out 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. Once students have engaged with the resource, they will be ready to join our rangers, researchers and global community as we work together to identify population status and entanglments through the SealSpotter portal.

For the best experience you can access this resource through Google Slides or download it as a PowerPoint. You can also download it as an interactive PDF.

Seal Secrets (3 - 6) 

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Seal Secrets (7 - 10) 

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Design for Nature (3-10)

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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 feathered little friends? Through this resource 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.

For the best experience you can access this resource through Google Slides or download it as a PowerPoint. You can also download it as an interactive PDF.

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Balancing Tourism and the Environment (VCE)

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Over 3.5 million people visit Phillip Island every year and Phillip Island Nature Parks manages 25% of the island. As a conservation and wildlife based organisation it’s up to us, not only to make sure our visitors enjoy their stay, but also to manage this large number of visitors in a sensitive locale, and to impart on them our message of sustainability and conservation.

  • History of the Phillip Island Nature Parks
  • Impact of tourism on people, places and environment
  • Management strategies across the Nature Parks, including management of pest plant and animal species
  • Virtual fieldwork using a variety of digital resources

Duration: 90 minutes or two 45 minute sessions (can be scheduled across a week)

Format: Live feed digital presentation through a platform our your choice (e.g. Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Webex)

Download the student workbook here!

Balancing Tourism and the Environment 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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Need more information or would like to make a booking enquiry?

Please email us at schoolbookings@penguins.org.au or call: +61 3 5951 2802

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