Media Releases 2016

Posted on 12/04/2016 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

What’s on for World Penguin Weekend

Phillip Island Nature Parks and The Penguin Foundation are celebrating World Penguin Day this year with a couple of days filled with fun and educational activities on Phillip Island over the Anzac Day Long Weekend.  Nature Parks’ researchers and education rangers will be joined by an Antarctic adventurer to lead these activities, designed especially with families and children in mind.

Head out to the Nobbies and find out what it takes to be a Junior Penguin Researcher or a Carer in a Wildlife Clinic. Perhaps you’d like to learn about Marine Debris or hear about ice-diving with the penguins in Antarctica, and then join in the Q&A session afterwards. Even if you can’t make it on the day, you can join in the Q&A sessions by tweeting your questions through to @phillipislandnp with the hashtags #penguindaypi and #WWFAntarcticJourney. 

For the artistically inclined, the Crafty Critters activities at the Penguin Parade are sure to be a big hit with plenty of help and inspiration on hand. 

See the full program below, or for more information please visit www.penguins.org.au 

JUNIOR PENGUIN RESEARCHER with PROFESSOR I.N. VESTIGATE

Have you got what it takes to be a penguin researcher? Begin your investigations by weighing, measuring and scanning a toy penguin, and then get closer to the real thing by examining a taxidermy penguin. Go undercover and dress up in a penguin suit to detect some penguin adaptations. Uncover some of the threats facing little penguins, and find out what you can do at home to help protect our marine environment. Your reward will be your own copy of a “What animal am I?” book to take home.

Recommended age group: 4+ years

When: Saturday, 23 April – 10.30am

Where: Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island

Cost: Free entry 

MARINE DEBRIS – WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!

Join researcher Dr Bec McIntosh in the WWF Antarctic Journey Lab and learn how marine debris affects wildlife and our environment. See first-hand what sort of rubbish ends up in the ocean and the devastating impacts it can have. Join in the Q&A session, or tweet your questions to @phillipislandnp with the hashtags #penguindaypi and #WWFAntarcticJourney. Take home a WWF gift and then go and immerse yourselves in the spectacular Antarctic Journey attraction.

Recommended age group: 6+ years

When: Saturday, 23 April – 12.00pm

Where: WWF Antarctic Journey Discovery Theatre, Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island

Cost: Antarctic Journey entry ticket – Adult $18, Child (4-15) $9, Family (2A2C) $45 

CRAFTY CRITTERS

Get your craft on and design your own marine animal creation for World Penguin weekend. Our rangers will be there to guide you through a host of penguin themed art and craft programs. There will even be some taxidermied animals on display to give you some inspiration. Come and join the fun out on the lawn in front of the Penguin Parade visitor centre.

Recommended age group: Open

When: Saturday, 23 April and Sunday, 24 April – 4.00pm

Where: Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Lawn Area, Phillip Island

Cost: Free entry 

KIDS’ WILDLIFE CLINIC with DR P.N. GWIN

Calling all junior vets and wildlife carers! Come along to the Kids’ Wildlife Clinic and learn how we care for sick and injured wildlife on the island. You can bring your own teddy or toy to be your patient or you can practice with one of our toy penguins. Find out how we use special penguin jumpers and learn how to put one on your very own patient.

Recommended age group: 4+ years

When: Sunday, 24 April – 10.30am

Where: Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island

Cost: Free entry 

ICE-DIVING AMONG THE PENGUINS with ANTARCTIC ADVENTURER ‘DIVER MATT’

What lives beneath the Antarctic sea ice? Diver Matt shares his underwater stories and images of Adelie penguins and Weddell seals, and the diversity of marine life beneath this extreme continent. Matt’s simple experiments engage and explain why it’s so different to what we find on the Victorian coast. Join in the Q&A session, or tweet your question to @phillipislandnp with the hashtags #penguindaypi and #WWFAntarcticJourney. Take home a WWF gift and then go and immerse yourselves in the spectacular Antarctic Journey attraction.

Recommended age group: 6+ years

When: Sunday, 24 April – 12.00pm

Where: WWF Antarctic Journey Discovery Theatre, Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island

Cost: Antarctic Journey entry ticket – Adult $18, Child (4-15) $9, Family (2A2C) $45                                         

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Media Enquiries:
Roland Pick - Communications Officer
Tel:  +613 5951 2825  Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au