Our free 'Alive Outside' program is tailored for 12 to 25 year olds who would love to explore and help nature in Port Phillip Bay, local parks and the St Kilda Foreshore.
When you come to visit us, take some time to explore the local precinct and experience the unique St Kilda culture that attracts a steady flow of visitors from across the globe. Don't forget to allocate time to discovering the iconic St Kilda Botanical Gardens in which we are situated and click here for travel information.
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.
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.
St Kilda’s Beach Life at Night
The Port Phillip Baykeeper, Neil Blake, will take your group on a tour to enjoy and learn about the delights of St Kilda’s coastal environment at night. Enjoy some great games and activities while learning all about:
• Local wildlife (e.g. penguins, rakali, eels, fish) and indigenous plants
• Conservation and management issues
• What you can do to care for the coast
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
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.