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Koala Conservation Day 19 April
April 19 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
THIS EVENT IS BOOKED OUT
Enjoy a day of social distancing in the outdoors, connecting with nature and helping Koalas.
Experience koalas in their natural habitat
Help create a new environment for koalas
Help to maintain Australia’s natural forests
Help us save wild koalas in the You Yangs and the Western Plains by removing weeds that are invading their homes.
UPDATE due to Coronavirus: This activity has changed. Our groups are much smaller, transport options are limited to travel in your own car*, and we have created some social distance boundaries on the day. We are no longer providing use of shared binoculars or gardening gloves, and all participants must bring a reusable drinking cup if they want coffee or tea.
Participants will be removing Boneseed weeds in the outdoors. You will be given remote guidance by a leader, but you will be allocated patches to remove weeds only in the company of your own family, or by yourself. At the end of the weeding activity, morning tea will be conducted sitting on logs at a distance from each other. You will visit Koalas, but not as a group, as individuals (or family units) while others continue weeding.
From Summer to Autumn, we maintain koala habitat in the You Yangs by removing Boneseed weeds. We allow 1.5 hours for this activity. Boneseed removal is chemical-free, doesn’t need any special equipment and is easy! Part of the day will be spent watching wild koalas in their natural habitat. You will be accompanied by two wildlife professionals who will guide you through the You Yangs national park. We will also introduce you to the koalas known from 20 years of koala research in the area.
From June to August, we plant koala trees. We allow 1.5 to 2 hours for this activity, which occurs on private properties throughout the region. If the property is far from the You Yangs, there might not be a koala walk on that day, but there will be a nature walk.
Locals: $30 adults, $20 children/student/concession (Children must be accompanied by an adult), $5 extra for transport from Melbourne city.
Tourists: $120 *