Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains

Plenty on at Ecolinc next year

Viminaria juncea (Golden Spray) in the Ecolinc wetland

Viminaria juncea (Golden Spray) in the Ecolinc wetland

The Ecolinc website has been updated and is now live.  Listed below are some the new programs on offer in 2017 and they all align with the Victorian Curriculum and VCE study designs.  If you would like to book for one of the new programs below or any program for 2017, please book online at or call on 5367 0171 or email

New 2017 Programs:

Life Cycles – Grade 3 & 4

Students will commence with a visit to Serendip Sanctuary where students will be taken on a guided walk by Ecolinc’s Education Officers, followed by learning activities at Ecolinc.  Students will learn about the life cycle of a bird, mammal, reptile, insect and an amphibian, and how they rely on their environment to survive.

Birds of Prey – Grade 5 & 6

Meet awe inspiring birds of prey from the Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary face to beak!  Martin and his team will introduce students to the fascinating world of diurnal birds of prey up close and personal, whilst also learning about their features, adaptations, impact of urbanization and what we can do to conserve these majestic creatures.

Adaptations for Survival – Grade 5 & 6

Students will commence this program with a visit to Serendip Sanctuary where students will be taken on a guided walk by Ecolinc’s Education Officers.  Students will then undertake a series of learning activities at Ecolinc exploring the structural features of animals and how they are adapted to the physical conditions of their environment.

Scenario Program – What’s Polluting the Werribee River? Year 7 & 8

Be immersed in a scenario program where students will become investigative scientists trying to determine the source and impact of a contaminant in the Werribee River.   Students will undertake a series of scientific experiments to test for the contaminant, determine the location and source of the contaminant, explore how the water cycle is affected and discuss potential impacts on the environment.

Exploring Ecosystems – Wetlands Year 7 & 8

Students will visit Serendip Sanctuary and investigate the wetland habitat, collect water & macroinvertebrate samples and compare these with Ecolinc’s wetland and the Werribee river samples.  Students will undertake laboratory water analysis experiments and investigate the health of the 3 ecosystems.

Renewable Energy –  Year 7 & 8

Wind and solar power are common renewable energy sources.  In this program, students will conduct a range of experiments and record data to show the optimum parameters for their use.  New applications and new renewable energy technologies will also be explored.

Endangered Animals – Year 9 & 10

Native grasslands and grassy woodlands provide habitat for many native animal species, but since European settlement many have become endangered or are threatened. Students will learn about a range of endangered animals from the Western Volcanic Plains including their habitat, diet and behavioral adaptations, develop an understanding of their interdependency within the environment and participate in a dusk walk at Mount Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre.

Storing Energy – Year 9-10

Hydrogen fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors are all ways of storing energy.  Students will learn about these devices through experiments and ‘hands on’ activities that illustrate their current and future use in our society.

Conservation & Land Management Projects – Year 10 – 12

Students will ‘get down and dirty’ by participating in ‘hands on’ conservation and land management projects some of which include: tree planting, habitat restoration, construction projects, monitoring of native species, deconstruction of rabbit burrows etc.  This program is ideally suited to VCAL students or students who enjoy doing practical activities.

Ecolinc will source an appropriate project and would like to thank our providing partners; Parks Victoria, Serendip Sanctuary, Mount Rothwell, Ballarat Environment Network and AusEco Solutions.

Sustainable Living – Year 9-10

Sustainable Living is increasingly becoming the way of the future.

In this program, students will build a model house and conduct a series of experiments to explore features of sustainable house design such as double glazing, insulation and thermal mass.  Students will also examine future options for transport, building and energy resources.

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