Location: St Kilda breakwater, at the end of St Kilda Pier Availability: Year-round Group Size: Up to 25 Length: Half day or full day options available Cost: Full day: $2900 + GST.
Half day: $1900 + GST Program Themes: Penguins, habitat, erosion, wildlife, beach, planting
Our most popular activity! The breakwater at the end of St Kilda Pier is home to a colony of around 1500 Little Penguins. Over the last few years, erosion has started to threaten the hollows where the penguins build their nests. By reversing the effects of erosion through adding soil, rocks and vegetation, volunteers will help improve penguin habitat, protect their nests and create a suitable home for other seabird species too. Volunteers are likely to spot a penguin or two.
Help the penguins by transporting beach sand and seaweed from the beach to the breakwater. On the breakwater, you will mix the sand and seaweed into a nutrient-rich mix, which will be used as a preparation for planting indigenous plants.
Morning tea and lunch are not included. There will be lunch options available at each site (cafés), or volunteers can bring their own.
The exact schedule depends on the activity, weather, tides and the preferences of the volunteers. We are happy to tailor it to your needs.
The cost per session includes: The services of knowledgeable, First Aid trained staff members,
all preparation, materials and equipment for the number of volunteers per activity, and liability and personal accident insurance for all volunteers. Costs of the activities are based on our staff costs and
the costs of running the day. This means that it is up to
the client to make sure the maximum number of volunteer spots is filled. Part of the proceeds go towards penguin monitoring and research activities.
“I loved spending time outdoors with the team and helping a great cause, plus learning more about our environment and penguins.”
The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.