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Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers holiday program

Posted in Movements by John Myers on March 28th, 2013

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Kids who have an interest in nature, history, animals and the outdoors have the opportunity this Easter holiday (29 March – 14 April) to join a Park Ranger for fun activities. Parks Victoria is putting on its exciting Junior Ranger Program in many parks around Victoria throughout the school holidays including Serendip Sanctuary, Croajingolong National Park, Point Nepean National Park, Werribee Park, Wilsons Promontory National Park, State Coal Mine (Wonthaggi), Dandenong Ranges National Park and the National Rhododendron Gardens (Free Family Fun Day), Great Otway National Park, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Coolart Wetlands and River Red Gum Parks.

Ideal for kids aged 6-12, Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers holiday program is all about having hands-on fun while learning more about the environment, Victoria’s history and how parks protect native animals and plants. If your child likes exploring forests and beaches with a Park Ranger, or even dressing up in period costume then a Junior Ranger activity is not to be missed. There will be a wealth of activities to choose from to ensure kids are entertained, challenged and inspired by a program that celebrates nature and the great outdoors.

Junior Rangers is all about celebrating nature and encouraging kids to discover more about the environment and the part that parks play in protecting animals, plants and Victoria’s history.

Led by a park ranger, children and their families will have the opportunity to go on a range of activities including:

  • Quarantine Me – Find out what it was like to be quarantined in the late 1800’s at Point Nepean Quarantine Station.
  • Bush Detective - Become a bush detective and help the park rangers track the secretive animals in the park.  Look for clues that the animals have left behind including tracks, skulls, scats and territorial markings.  Keep your eyes open for the furry culprits!
  • Rockpool Rambles - Join a park ranger to explore a hidden underwater world and discover the creatures that live on our rocky shores.
  • Play Games of the early 1900’s – Long before computers there were three-legged races, bocce, horse shoe throw, quoits, tunnel races, hoop’n’stick, fill the skip, sack races, hopscotch, skipping races and skittles.
  • Birdwatching - Learn how to use binoculars and get a close look at some of Victoria’s birds! Take a walk with the park ranger where you’ll learn ‘What bird is that? How do they fly? Where do they nest? What do they eat?’
  • Water Watch/Mini Beast Discovery – Have fun exploring the park with a park ranger and discover which little beasties make it their home.  Dip your nets into the water, see what critters you can find and what part they play in the world of wetlands.
  • Heritage Days - Celebrate our history by being part of it at Werribee Mansion. Experience the wringer and dolly in the laundry, are you as good as our laundry maid? Play old fashioned games on the lawn and find out who Aunt Sally is. Make some rope with our hand operated contraption and find out how to spin with a spinning wheel. You can chat to experts about our Victorian clothes and try your hand at writing with a slate pen
  • Craft – Get inspired by the plants and animals in the park and create some cool craft.
  • Dreamtime Discovery – Spend some time with an Indigenous park ranger. Be inspired by Dreamtime Stories and discover the connection Aboriginals have with Country.

Those taking part are reminded to bring a hat, sunscreen, sturdy footwear and a sense of adventure.

Most activities require a booking and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all sessions. Junior Rangers is not a club; no membership is required to take part. Junior Ranger programs are run mostly during school holidays and on some weekends.

Keep an eye on the website for activities at individual parks.

Permaculture Playgroups and Mud Monsters: Green Lunchbox Series

Posted in Events by samgreen on October 3rd, 2011

12 October , 2011
12:30 pmto1:30 pm

Photo by donkeycart via flickr CC

It’s spring time and we’re eager to spend time in the garden with our families! Permaculture and play come together to bring both children and their families to the garden.  While adults get their hands dirty and share gardening and permaculture skills and ideas, children learn about how things grow, where food comes from and healthy food choices.

Come along and listen to our presenters showcase sustainability, education and play activities for children and their families. This session is likely to be of interest to teachers, educators, community workers and families.

Date:   Wednesday 12 October 2011, 12.30-1.30pm
Location:   Reception Room, Maribyrnong Council Offices, cnr Hyde & Napier Sts Footscray

Presented by: Braybrook Sprouts, Mud Monsters & Permaculture Out West

To register for the session visit or for more information call council’s Sustainability Officer on 9688 0357

Cloth Nappy Expo: Casey

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on September 16th, 2011

24 September , 2011
9:00 amto3:00 pm

A Wildlife Experience in St Kilda

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on July 22nd, 2011

30 July , 2011
2:00 pmto5:00 pm

A Wildlife Experience in St Kilda (for parents and kids) on Saturday 30 July

Aimed at kids, together with their parents, this workshop is designed to stimulate interest in native animals and birds. It also provides kids and their parents with a project that they can tackle together at home i.e. constructing a nesting box and then attracting owls, birds, etc. to their home, school or neighbourhood. Gio, a local 14 year old boy, is a keen naturalist and has built and deployed nesting boxes all over St Kilda and even as far afield as Phillip Island (where the hospital there has attracted a barn owl into one of his boxes). Marian is a PhD student specializing in a local bird, the tawny frogmouth.

2.30 pm : Gio, (14), will teach parents and their kids how to make a nesting box to attract birds and animals.

3.30 pm: Marian Weaving will explain how to do wildlife surveys.

4.30 pm: A walk around the St Kilda Botanic Gardens with Gio & Marian to observe wildlife and to illustrate the best way to conduct a wildlife survey.

Date: Saturday 30 July; Cost: $20 per family

Bookings essential – phone 9534 0670.

For more information, contact Bede Doherty (GM at Port Phillip EcoCentre)

Family School Holiday Workshops: Port Phillip EcoCentre

Posted in Events by ecoApril on April 7th, 2011

15 April , 2011to19 April , 2011

For autumn school holidays, enjoy Port Phillip EcoCentre’s creative, investigative and interactive activities inspired by the local environment! Explore nature through art, song, and take-home projects for parents and kids. Classes at noon 15, 17 & 19 April. All materials are provided. Adult accompaniment required for these hands-on workshops.

$15 per child per class ($10 if booking for 3 kids or 3 classes).

Bookings recommended. Book with, or call 9534 0670.

15 April – Sketchbook Safari. Learn basic bookmaking then explore the gardens collecting sensory observations in your new handmade book.
17 April – Miniature Museum. Make collection and display tools for your own micro-museum, then start finding natural treasures to populate your museum.
19 April – Felt Making. Where does fabric come from? How is it made? Make your own felt fabric squares, snakes and beads at this hands-on workshop. Back by popular demand!

The Port Phillip EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed eco-living house and garden in the southwest corner of the St Kilda Botanic Gardens.  We’re a short stroll from the 96, 16, 3, or 67 trams and a 10-minute walk from Balaclava train station, and a pleasant bike ride from most anywhere!

55A Blessington Street (cnr Herbert & Blessington Streets), St Kilda
03 9534 0670,

Bookings with

Cargo Bike Picnic

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on February 18th, 2011

27 February , 2011
11:00 amto2:00 pm

Green your grey matter: January Family Workshops

Posted in Events by ecoApril on January 6th, 2011

7 January , 2011
30 January , 2011

Port Phillip EcoCentre once again serves up their zany, brainy school holiday programs over January. On Fridays and Sundays at noon, curious and families can try hands-on nature arts projects from bookmaking to mud murals! Creative investigation and artistic adventure nurture fun that lasts beyond the sessions, thwarting summer boredom and filling your grey matter with colourful ideas.

7 Jan – Puppet Creatures
9 Jan – Fantastic Masks
14 Jan – Wild Wind: Chimes and Kites
16 Jan – Bay Animal Mobiles
21 Jan – Felt Making
23 Jan – Treasure Hunters
28 Jan – Mud & Chalk Murals
30 Jan - Zany Bookmaking

Classes run January Fridays and Sundays at 12 noon, for approximately 75 minutes.

$15 per child per workshop. SPECIAL: $10 per child per workshop if you mention you read about us on Sustainable Melbourne!

Recommended for ages 4-10. All materials provided. Adult accompaniment is required for these hands-on workshops.

No bookings required, however space is limited. Details at, or for details email or call 03 9525 3102.

The EcoCentre is a not-for-profit, community-managed, environment group. The EcoCentre provides a base for a number of affiliate groups involved in a range of activities that promote biodiversity, environmental sustainability and community action. Port Phillip EcoCentre is located at 55A Blessington St, in the corner of the St Kilda Botanic Gardens.

Eco-savvy Kids’ Workshops

Posted in Events by ecoApril on September 15th, 2010

20 September , 2010to1 October , 2010

Port Phillip EcoCentre is delighted to host another season of Panorama Family Workshops over the spring school holidays. Each weekday a different hands-on workshop features music, craft, science and play for curious and creative families.  From concocting a Do It Yourself Museum to composing some Garden Theatre, these fun skill-building classes will inspire projects and ideas to bring home.

Monday-Friday 20 September- 1 October at the EcoCentre, St Kilda Botanic Gardens.  Sessions at 10 am and 12 noon, running 60-75 minutes. All materials provided. $15 per child per class. Attend two classes and get a third free.

The classes are recommended for ages 4-10. Adult accompaniment is required, and younger siblings welcome.

20 Sept – Zany Bookmaking
21 Sept – Nature Sculpture
22 Sept – Windowsill Gardens
23 Sept – Printmaking
24 Sept – Garden Theatre
27 Sept – Green Graffiti
28 Sept – DIY Museum
29 Sept – Plantable Pots
30 Sept – Felt Making
1 Oct – Felt Art

Theatre On Toast

Posted in Models by Devin Maeztri on October 24th, 2008

If you want your children to be sustainable kids who will change our future to a better sustainable future. You can take them to see Theatre On Toast performance of Billi’s Backyard. Theatre On Toast highlights sustainable living and sustainable future with a fun, interactive and educational play.