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Posted on 27/02/2020 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Nature Parks Open to Locals

One of the special things about being a Bass Coast Shire resident is being invited to enjoy free entry and exclusive activities at the Nature Parks’ tenth annual Community Open Day on Sunday 15 March 2020.

Discover your Island home and all of the Nature Parks’ attractions on this special once-a-year-day. There is free entry to the evening Penguin Parade (general admission), Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island and the exciting Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre. Being a Bass Coast resident also entitles you to enjoy 50% off an amazing EcoBoat Tour to Seal Rocks with our rangers and researchers and entry of the incredible WILD Sandsculpting exhibition on this day with the added bonus of free meet the artist tours.

Venture behind the scenes, meet the team and discover more about the Nature Parks - the not for profit conservation and sustainable tourism organisation in your backyard. There will be plenty of fun for kids with face painting, games, craft and more. Across the day, join our rangers, researchers and volunteers for special walks, talks, demonstrations and more. Friends of Churchill Island Society will be running old time activities and Birdlife Bass Coast will be joining our rangers on a Koala Conservation walk. The Barb Martin Bushbank community plant nursery will be open all day with every local getting a free plant to encourage wildlife to their garden.

A favourite part of the day will be the Conservation Heroes Expo at the new Penguin Parade visitor centre. Celebrate our amazing community with a Welcome To Country and stalls and demos from our local CFA heroes, Boomerang Bags, Plastic Free Phillip Island, Totally Renewable Phillip Island, Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre, Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve, Landcare, Westernport Water and the Reconciliation Advisory Committeee, along withother community heroes. Rangers and researchers will also provide demonstrations of our working conservation dogs plus other behind the scenes tours and activities.

There will also be plenty of fun for kids with face painting, old time games and farm activities at Churchill Island in the morning and Wild Craft at the Penguin Parade. Kids can also complete our ‘Open Day Quiz’ throughout the day to win fantastic prizes.

The Nature Parks very own Marine Scientist Dr Rebecca McIntosh will lead a seal spotting journey in the afternoon at the Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre and, as the sun sinks in the west, join our penguin experts Dr Andre Chiaradia and Paula Wasiak for a Private Lives of Penguins tour and then free entry to the magical Penguin Parade. See you there!

Entry to all activities and Nature Parks’ attractions (including the ‘Antarctic Journey’ and evening Penguin Parade) is free throughout the day for residents, students and landholders of the Bass Coast Shire and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members. To gain your free entry, please bring proof of your residency such as a rates notice, bill, driver’s licence etc. Free entry is for household only. Accompanying friends are welcome, but must pay entry fees as apply.

If you have any queries regarding the Community Open Day or Local’s Pass, please call 5951 2830 during business hours. The full program and information will be featured on #Phillipislandnp, and local papers in the week before the event.

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Did you also know that all Bass Coast Shire residents can purchase a Locals Pass and become part of the Phillip Island Nature Parks community all year round with unlimited entry and great offers and activities? See or call 5951 2820.