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Our schools and ELC programs allow students to connect to their local environment, especially Port Phillip Bay, St Kilda Botanical Gardens and Aboriginal Cultures and history. Students will be empowered to take sustainability action within their school, community and at home.

Our programs and excursions are linked to outcomes from VEYLDF, Victorian Curriculum and ResourceSmart Schools. 

Find out more about our Excursions programs

School Sustainability Festival

15th Annual School Sustainability Festival

Thursday 3rd September, 2020

This is a fantastic day filled with workshops, awards and fun. Primary and secondary students are connected to inspiring leadership and practical sustainability ideas through a variety of 20 minute student-led workshops, Aboriginal Cultural activities, food and music. 

The School Sustainability Festival is free for one green team or one class (max 25 students). All attending schools will present a workshop to other students!
 

Book a Speaker

The EcoCentre offers highly engaging, knowledgeable speakers and workshop facilitators with a range of specialist expertise for your event. 

EcoCentre staff are experienced in public speaking, radio and television appearances, workshop facilitation, panel and table discussion facilitation, leading experiential workshops and events and event MC-ing.

Speakers panel

 

Captain Trash

Captain Trash isn't a real pirate ... he's an unreal pirate! Captain Trash is the alter ego of Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake (OAM). He educates kids of all ages on the 5 ARRRGHS: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Remove. His message is to leave only footprints on the sand ... not litter.

He's especially popular with Early Learning and Primary kids, and can be booked for litter audits, shoreline shell surveys, and festivals.

Using pirate humour, strumming the ukulele, and rapping funny lyrics, Captain Trash gets kids' attention.

Penguin Friendly Events

The City of Port Phillip and Port Phillip EcoCentre worked with 10 local community events to identify the key actions for a school or community event to reduce their litter and waste with the goal to being zero-waste. This project emotionally connected people to St Kilda's local colony of 1300 Little Penguins and inspired participants to reduce harmful litter entanglements when rubbish reaches St Kilda breakwater by wind or rain.

Wildlife and Nest Boxes

Wildlife and Nest Boxes 

 

Melbourne has an incredible variety of native plants and animals living within our suburbs and Bay. The EcoCentre is passionate about sharing the wonders of this urban wildlife with everyone through: 

  • School and ELC incursions and excursions
  • Community Walks
  • Community festivals and events
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Keynote speaking

 

Wildlife within Melbourne (and other urban ares) especially arboreal (tree-dependant) and noctural (active during the night) species face numerous pressures from urbanisation. 

The EcoCentre has a long running urban habitat and nest box program that provide much needed homes (habitat) for the following species:

  • Eastern Rosella
  • Microbats (especially Gould's Wattled Bat)
  • Wood Duck

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Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo 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.

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