EcoCentre November News

In this Issue: Schools team visited by wildlife menagerie/EcoCentre TV / Litter hotspots news/ Melbourne BioBlitz / Film night animation special / Nature puppet play for the kids/ Mexican & Somali cooking plus 'grow your own' workshop / Volunteer vacancies
Top left: Hello weedy sea dragon! EcoCentre has taken custody of a Rakali, Tawny Frogmouth, Seadragon and Little Penguin - in a manner of speaking. Puppeteer extraordinaire Jhess Knight brought this menagerie of iconic local animals to life for our childhood educators, however the puppets in question have cheekily found their way into the daily lives of all the staff!

Top right: Our community education team has had the pleasure of leading a unique, outdoor, team building activity with City of Port Phillip ASSIST staff. The challenge set for the day was building nests for the little penguin colony that lives down on the St Kilda breakwater. To find out more about our corporate volunteering program and team building days, click here.
Top right: Our three year litter hotspots project is off and running, comprising an extensive plastic litter data collection and monitoring program across multiple sites in the Yarra Bay catchment area. Port Phillip EcoCentre with its key partners - Beach Patrol Australia, Friends of Westgate Park, Upper Yarra Landcare, Yarra Riverkeeper, Tangaroa Blue, MOOP Patrol and the Connies  - plan to use their networks to undertake litter surveys, conduct school education activities and clean-up action at sites along the Bay, Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers and other smaller waterways.

Top left: Have you seen our YouTube Channel - EcoCentre TV? Here you'll find our TV and documentary appearances, short clips on our work and great footage on the natural wonders of Port Phillip. We'll continue to build the content for your viewing pleasure so please subscribe to EcoCentreTV today! 
Top left: Did you know our garden team maintains the Indigenous gardens at the St Kilda Sea Baths?  We're looking for garden volunteers to specifically help out with this project on the first Friday of each month (possibly more if you're keen). Contact

Top right: Do you have great MS computer skills and finesse with data collection and analysis? We would love some help with our visitor-based admin and enquiries for a few hours a week for the next 3 weeks (with a possible extension into the future). Contact:

More vacancies can be found on our volunteer page, including shell researchers, film team members and litter auditors.
NATURE SPOT  - Melbourne BioBlitz 2014
Top left and right: Melbourne BioBlitz. Are you a budding citizen scientist, nature lover or photographer? Take part in Melbourne BioBlitz and help to discover the diverse animal and plant species that call our city home, from miniscule plant life and insects to sun-loving tawny frogmouths. The goal is to find, photograph and identify as many species of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms as possible in the city. GET INVOLVED 

You can join a guided BioBlitz event in various locations around the city led by some of Melbourne’s best biodiversity experts and ecologists. Our good friends at Westgate Park are holding a BioBlitz event with multiple walking tours to discover the Park's resident wildlife, such as reptiles, bugs, bees, and butterflies. MORE INFO

You can even conduct your own surveys at any time in any place from your backyard, balcony, laneway or street by sharing images (#bioblitzmelb)

Photo credits: Tawny Frogmouth (top left). Source Jake Turner, courtesy Friends of Elster Creek. Wandering Percher (top right). Source Andrew McCutcheon, courtesy Friends of Westgate Park.
Backyard Garden Artsplay
'nature puppets at play'

Sunday 9th & 23rd Nov., 10am - 11.30am

‘Making the ordinary come alive!’. Continuation of a 4-part, nature puppet play series for eco-creative youngsters aged 6-12. Craft a nature puppet, invent your own character and launch it on stage!  SERIES INFO & DATES.


Multicultural, homestyle cooking and gardening workshop

Saturday 15 Nov., 2pm-5pm

Learn homestyle Mexican and Somali cooking and container gardening with the EcoCentre and talented community cooks.

This half day workshop will demonstrate authentic recipes and includes generous tastings! We'll also show you how to grow some of the ingredients organically in a small container garden. Cost: $30 / $45. BOOK YOUR SPOT TODAY

November film night:
Animation special for all ages

Monday 17 Nov., 7.30-8.30pm

Bring the family for 2 short films that explore the wonderful world of insects:
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