Yannin nerlingo! (Come along!)
Our curriculum linked experiences for VCE and tertiary students are facilitated by eco-accredited rangers who are registered teachers or hold current working with children checks. Our programs occur in nature, on Bunurong Country across our iconic sites: Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island, the Nobbies and in our unique coastal and wetland habitats.
We welcome your enquiry. Our Education Administration Officer can help you create the ideal itinerary for your students. Our ranger facilitated experiences can be booked daily at 10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:00pm. Evening activities session time varies with the season.
Bookings can be made via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Balancing Tourism and the Environment
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 heavily on research to fuel our decision-making processes. 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. Complimentary student workbook and downloadable resources available to support students completing their case studies.
To help students gather primary data, we have created an observational survey to assist with looking at the impacts of ecotourism on both the penguins and our visitors. Students monitor management events, educational events and environmental impacts through observation of visitors and rangers.
Summerland Peninsula Changing Land Use
Walk through time and explore the past, present, and future of the Summerland Peninsula. This unique location has seen many different land uses including Aboriginal cultural use, chicory farming, a housing estate, and most recently, reclamation of the land through a buyback scheme for Little Penguin habitat. This landmark decision has paved the way for Millowl (Phillip Island) to become an island haven for threatened species including the Eastern Barred-Bandicoot. Students will explore the history, compare historical footage and current status of the Peninsula, and collect data on the viability of our threatened species program.
Tracking Biodiversity – Bandicoot Spotlight
Join our rangers for an island walk by torchlight to meet the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, a critically endangered marsupial now inhabiting Churchill Island. Discover firsthand, an incredible conservation story as Nature Parks researchers establish a wild population of a threatened species. During this field-based activity, students investigate how biodiversity is measured and monitored in the context of a threatened species. They generate primary data (bandicoot sightings, dig sites), organise the data and use it to evaluate Nature Parks biodiversity management strategy for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
The rise of global temperatures caused by human activity has resulted in increasing sea levels and bushfire risks, and a decline of habitats for our Australian native species. This case study will focus on how Nature Parks is working towards climate neutrality and increased biodiversity through protecting native habitats including marine areas and fish species. Learn about climate change impacts on Millowl’s (Phillip Island’s) iconic Little Penguin and discover how Nature Parks world-renowned scientists and researchers are gathering critical data to inform conservation decisions.
Adaptations of Organisms
Millowl (Phillip Island) is home to some unique and special animals that have adapted to suit their environments. Through a mixture of interactive lectures and hands on field work students undertake two case studies: the Little Penguin, and gurrborra (koala). Through studying these animals, students will discover structural, physiological, reproductive and behavioural adaptations. These adaptations assist the animals in coping with thermoregulation, osmoregulation and environmental factors.
Locations: The Penguin Parade (Little Penguins), The Koala Conservation Reserve (Koalas)