St Columba’s: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay
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.
Garden Working Bees & harvest meal: Fridays 10a-2p
The EcoCentre garden is a shared community garden featuring Aboriginal cultural plants, a rain garden, heritage vegetables, a propagation area, heritage fruit trees and an organic waste composting system for the local neighbourhood. The produce is shared by those who help to grow it. It is also an educational garden with a strong focus on sustainable gardening practices.
Research now says that time in nature benefits our cognitive, psychological and physical wellbeing, our capability for insight and resilience - and that corporate volunteering corresponds to job satisfaction.
Corporate Social Responsibility through Wild Volunteering!
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike when the wheel runs out of true? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Bring it to the St Kilda Repair Café and let one of our volunteer fixers make it as good as new while you learn new skills and enjoy a cup of tea.
2-5pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. Last repairs start at 4:15pm.
Nature Play Adventures
We have a wonderful variety of nature play and play-based activities for Early Learning Centres and Kindergartens. Excursions are offered at St Kilda Botanical Gardens and St Kilda Beach (including the penguin colony) and incursions at your centre.
Our most popular incursions and excursions are:
Empowering multicultural residents and visitors to protect our Bay
Get outside in Port Phillip Bay this summer! Join our 'Alive outside' program.
Our 'Alive Outside' program is specifically geared towards 12 to 25 year olds who would love to explore and investigate Port Phillip Bay and the St Kilda Foreshore.
The EcoCentre acknowledges 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.
We proudly work in partnership with Arweet Carolyn Briggs and the Boon Wurrung Foundation.