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Find out about penguins, plastics & our impact on the oceans

What do plastics and penguins have in common, apart from starting with the letter P?

You can find them both in our oceans. It's obvious that penguins belong there, but unfortunately too much plastic is finding its way into the oceans, which has an adverse effect on not only penguins, but also other aquatic life too.

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Come talk to the penguins. Photo courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks

During World Penguin Weekend on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April from 10am to 4 pm you can learn about penguins, plastics and the impact that humans have on the ocean and its inhabitants. This is being held at Phillip Island at the Nobbies Centre - 1320 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands.

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See the amazing Antarctic journey of the penguin. Photo courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks

The Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies gives an interactive perspective to the life of a penguin, with activities that will keep the kids entertained while educating them about what lives in the oceans. It's a clever use of technology that not only gives you an interesting insight, but also creates an experience that makes it feel like you're out there in the water with them.

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An interactive Antarctic journey. Photo courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks

To celebrate World Penguin week, there are some fun activities being held over the weekend:
The Dolphin Research Institute along with their magic drain which will demonstrate how our homes, schools and streets affect the health of the marine environment with their "Don't Pee in my Pool" demonstrations throughout the day

Phillip Island Nature Parks will show you have you can pan for nurdles in the sand and upcycle some marine debris with the Education Rangers (nurdles are tiny pieces of plastic found in the oceans).

Boomerang Bags will be sewing up a storm at a bag making workshop, or kids can decorate their own no-sew bags.

Freedom Foods San Remo are showing plastic free and sustainable products that are sourced locally.

Westernport Water will have the "Be smart, choose tap" program. We're lucky to have access to safe drinking water, so let's not take it for granted.

Bass Coast Shire Council are supporting this event and will have information so you can learn how to get the most out of your three bins.

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Penguins coming up the beach. Phillip Island Nature Parks

There will be special presentations on throughout the day to inform and entertain
11 am - Human Interaction and Penguins
Matt McArthur, an Antarctic diver, will share his experiences and explain the biology, predators and the impact that humans have on penguins in this remote and frozen part of the world.

12 pm - Live like your Nanna
Our Grandparents were ahead of their time in so many ways. You will be able to learn about environmental practices that were used a couple of generations ago and find out how they reused, reduced and recycled without fuss.

1 pm - Zero Waste talk by The Rogue Ginger
Erin Rhoads will be answering the question "Is zero-waste even possible, especially living in the city?" She will share her journey towards a zero-waste lifestyle and answer questions.

2pm Plastic-Free Phillip Island & San Remo
Find out what is happening in our own backyard and how you can get involved to become part of the solution?

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Penguins at sunset. Photo courtesy of Phillip Island Nature Parks

Entry is FREE with an Antarctic Journey ticket or 4 Parks Pass which includes entry to the Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, and Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies.

For tickets and further information visit or phone 03 5951 2800.
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Why? To learn about penguins and how plastic affects them
When: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April from 10am to 4 pm
Phone: 03 5951 2800
Where: Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island
Cost: Free with an Antarctic Journey ticket or 4 Parks Pass
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Sounds like lots of great information available to help us get back to sustainable living. 'Live like your Nanna' is a clever topic title that reminds us that we used to reuse and recycle routinely.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 569 days ago
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