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.
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.
Map of recorded Tawny Frogmouth sightings in SE Melbourne, reported since December 2010: Please note that this map is only updated with reported sightings monthly.
Garden Working Bees & harvest meal: Fridays 10am - 2pm
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.
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.
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
The EcoCentre was created as an 'umbrella group' with the vision of providing support to smaller, like-minded organisations in the form of facilities, infrastructure, equipment and expertise.
Affiliate Membership is available to groups and not-for-profit organisations involved in environmental or community building activities with an environmental component.
To see who our current Affiliate Members are, click here.
Benefits for our Affiliates include:
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.