THE Phillip Island Nature Parks team is delighted to invite the beloved community to their 10th annual Community Open Day on Sunday, March 14.

“This year, more than ever, the event will be a special thank-you to the Bass Coast community for your support over the recent challenging months,” Sally O’Neill, Phillip Island Nature Parks’ community engagement officer, said.

The open day is one of the many special things about being a Bass Coast Shire resident, when all locals receive including free entry to the evening Penguin Parade (pre-booked tickets essential), Koala Conservation Reserve, Churchill Island and the exciting Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies Centre.

The team is looking forward to being on site to say hi, showcase the work they do and answer your questions.

Enjoy old time games, farming demonstrations and guided walks on Churchill Island. The team and community will host a mini expo of Conservation Heroes where you can meet the people behind wildlife conservation, living sustainably and much more.

There will also be giveaways, a Welcome to Country and Conservation Dog demonstration.

In the woodland at the Koala Conservation Reserve, rangers and volunteers will be there to welcome you and share their conservation stories, including an exclusive experience with Ranger Dan who will take you through the journey of caring for bushfire-affected koalas.

At the Nobbies Centre, rangers will share the magic of the southern ocean and waters closer to home in the Antarctic Journey exhibition across the day.

As the afternoon settles in, the centre’s café, which overlooks Bass Strait, will come alive with seals, beats and bandicoots.

You can enjoy a refreshment, listen to some music by local performer Shaun Kenny and chat with Dr Duncan Sutherland and researchers and rangers about threatened species, seals and more.

There will also be cool marine craft for kids.

As the sun begins to sink, the Penguin Parade will shine.

Enjoy a guided tour led by penguin experts Dr Andre Chiaradia and Paula Wasiak to learn about the secret lives of Little Penguins before they waddle in a sunset.

There is also an exclusive community opportunity to meet Ranger Skye and get a glimpse of how the magic happens before they flick the switch to stream the Little

Penguins live to the world!

“We are excited to be able to invite our community to enjoy the Nature Parks – the not-for-profit conservation and sustainable tourism organisation in your backyard,” Ms O’Neill said.

Entry to all activities and Nature Parks’ attractions (including the ‘Antarctic Journey’ and evening Penguin Parade) is free throughout the day for residents, students and landholders of the Bass Coast Shire and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members.

This year, pre-booked Penguin Parade tickets are essential. Tickets will be released on March 1 and you can secure your tickets via email bookings@penguins.org.au or from the visitor sites.

You just need to show some proof of residency or your student card to gain entry at the first venue you visit.

“Of course, locals will not be surprised to see some changes to the program and the way we usually do things to ensure the event is COVID-safe, so stay in touch with all the updates and news at penguins.org.au/community.

Looking forward to seeing you there!”

Love your Nature Parks all-year round!
Did you know all Bass Coast Shire residents can purchase a Local’s Pass and become part of the Phillip Island Nature Parks community all-year round with unlimited entry and great offers and activities?

See penguins.org.au/locals or call 5951 2820.

The full program and information will be featured on #PhillipIslandNP, local papers in the week before the event and available online at penguins.org.au/community or check out the Facebook event at facebook.com/events/777589822963753.

If you have any queries regarding the Community Open Day or the Nature Parks’ Local’s Pass, please call 5951 2830 during business hours or email community@penguins.org.au.