St Columba’s: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay
This summer, beachgoers are urged to slip, slop and slap sustainably by using sunscreen not containing toxic chemicals, to avoid further damage to our reefs. Chemicals in sunscreen can wash off directly to the ocean when swimming. They can also be carried off the sand to the ocean as the tide rises, particularly if beachgoers use spray-on sunscreen which leaves residue chemicals across the sand. Even sunscreen washed off in the shower has the potential to end up in the ocean.
2019 bookings now being taken
Our award winning excursions provide hands-on, inquiry- focused educational experiences for P-12 year levels.
Free professional learning events each term for school and ELC educators, support staff and parents to network, share resources and connect to the local environment. A wide range of topics are covered with a focus on embedding sustainability and environment education in classroom teaching.
Emphasis is on STEAM/STEM and inquiry-based learning with a variety of topics covered such as climate change and ecosystems, habitat improvements for local species and plastics in our oceans and on land.
Port Phillip Baykeeper is partnering with Scouts Victoria to map microplastic litter hotspots across Melbourne, to help us stop plastic pollution at the source before it harms wildlife and waterways.
Get outside in Port Phillip Bay this summer! Join our 'Alive outside' program. It's FREE!
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.
Neil Blake, OAM, is the award-winning Port Phillip Baykeeper.
We are all now familiar with the fact that sunscreen is important in helping to protect our skin from sun damage. But what is the sunscreen we are dousing ourselves with doing to the environment?
Clean Bay Blueprint
This project has discovered 828 million litter items reach the Bay each year from the surface of our two urban rivers.
74% of this is microplastics.
Read more in our report from project year 1, launched by the Hon Minister Lily D'Ambrosio on 17 July 2018: Microplastics in the Maribyrnong and Yarra Rivers
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.