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World penguin weekend 2017

FUN KIDS' WILDLIFE PROGRAM FOR WORLD PENGUIN WEEKEND

Phillip Island Nature Parks is celebrating World Penguin Day this year with a weekend of educational and fun-filled activities at the exciting Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April.

Join Nature Parks’ researchers and education rangers to find out about all things penguin related and have some fun exploring the interactive displays, giant screens and augmented reality experiences in the Antarctic Journey.

PLANETARY PENGUINS

Join our Education Rangers for a fascinating session on the penguins of the world. Are there any penguins at the North Pole? How many species are there? What do they eat? Can penguins fly? Learn all this and more, with a special focus on the little penguins that call Phillip Island home.

When:

Saturday 10.30am – 11.00am and 2.00pm – 2.30pm

Sunday 10.30am – 11.00am and 2.00pm – 2.30pm


CRAFTY CREATIONS

How can a penguin hold a pencil? Our rangers will be on hand to help you create your very own penguin themed pencil holder. You’ll never need to go searching for your pencils again once you take your creation home and give it pride of place on your desk.

When:

Saturday 11.00am – 12.00pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm

Sunday 11.00am – 12.00pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm


LITTLE PENGUINS – BIG CHALLENGES

Penguin researcher and biologist Dr Andre Chiaradia will have you on the edge of your seats as he talks about some of the challenges that our little penguins face out in the big, wide world. Learn how these amazing creatures are dealing with issues such as climate change, marine pollution and reliable food supplies.

When:

Saturday 12.30pm – 1.30pm


MARINE DEBRIS – WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!

Join researcher Dr Bec McIntosh and learn how the global problem of marine debris, such as macro- and micro-plastics affects our wildlife and our environment. Find out some of the simple things that we can all do at home to help. Remember, many global problems can have a lot of local solutions.

When:

Sunday 12.30pm – 1.30pm

What: World Penguin Weekend

Where: WWF Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies – Discovery Theatre

When: Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April

Cost: Included with either a 4 Parks Pass* Adult (16+) $58.00; Children (4 – 15) $28.90; Family (2A + 2C) $144.90 or an Antarctic Journey entry ticket Adult (16+) $18.00; Children (4 – 15) $9.00; Family (2A + 2C) $45.00.

* 4 Parks Pass includes entry to the Penguin Parade, Antarctic Journey at the Nobbies, Churchill Island Heritage Farm, and Koala Conservation Centre.

Media Enquiries:

Roland Pick – Communications Executive, Phillip Island Nature Parks

Tel: +613 5951 2825 Mobile: 0418 402 161 Email: rpick@penguins.org.au


Phillip Island Nature Parks and The Penguin Foundation are celebrating World Penguin Day this year with a couple of days filled with fun and educational activities on Phillip Island over the Anzac Day Long Weekend.  Nature Parks’ researchers and education rangers will be joined by an Antarctic adventurer to lead these activities, designed especially with families and children in mind. Head out to the Nobbies and find out what it takes to be a Junior Penguin Researcher or a Carer in a Wildlife Clinic. Perhaps you’d like to learn about Marine Debris or hear about ice-diving with the penguins in Antarctica, and then join in the Q&A session afterwards. Even if you can’t make it on the day, you can join in the Q&A sessions by tweeting your questions through to @phillipislandnp with the hashtags #penguindaypi and #WWFAntarcticJourney.For the artistically inclined, the Crafty Critters activities at the Penguin Parade are sure to be a big hit with plenty of help and inspiration on hand.See the full program below, or for more information please visit www.penguins.org.auJUNIOR PENGUIN RESEARCHER with PROFESSOR I.N. VESTIGATE
Have you got what it takes to be a penguin researcher? Begin your investigations by weighing, measuring and scanning a toy penguin, and then get closer to the real thing by examining a taxidermy penguin. Go undercover and dress up in a penguin suit to detect some penguin adaptations. Uncover some of the threats facing little penguins, and find out what you can do at home to help protect our marine environment. Your reward will be your own copy of a “What animal am I?” book to take home.
Recommended age group: 4+ years
When: Saturday, 23 April – 10.30am
Where: Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island
Cost: Free entryMARINE DEBRIS – WHAT A LOAD OF RUBBISH!
Join researcher Dr Bec McIntosh in the WWF Antarctic Journey Lab and learn how marine debris affects wildlife and our environment. See first-hand what sort of rubbish ends up in the ocean and the devastating impacts it can have. Join in the Q&A session, or tweet your questions to @phillipislandnp with the hashtags #penguindaypi and #WWFAntarcticJourney. Take home a WWF gift and then go and immerse yourselves in the spectacular Antarctic Journey attraction.
Recommended age group: 6+ years
When: Saturday, 23 April – 12.00pm
Where: WWF Antarctic Journey Discovery Theatre, Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island
Cost: Antarctic Journey entry ticket – Adult $18, Child (4-15) $9, Family (2A2C) $45 CRAFTY CRITTERS
Get your craft on and design your own marine animal creation for World Penguin weekend. Our rangers will be there to guide you through a host of penguin themed art and craft programs. There will even be some taxidermied animals on display to give you some inspiration. Come and join the fun out on the lawn in front of the Penguin Parade visitor centre.
Recommended age group: Open
When: Saturday, 23 April and Sunday, 24 April – 4.00pm
Where: Penguin Parade Visitor Centre Lawn Area, Phillip Island
Cost: Free entryKIDS’ WILDLIFE CLINIC with DR P.N. GWIN
Calling all junior vets and wildlife carers! Come along to the Kids’ Wildlife Clinic and learn how we care for sick and injured wildlife on the island. You can bring your own teddy or toy to be your patient or you can practice with one of our toy penguins. Find out how we use special penguin jumpers and learn how to put one on your very own patient. 
Recommended age group: 4+ years
When: Sunday, 24 April – 10.30am
Where: Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island
Cost: Free entryICE-DIVING AMONG THE PENGUINS with ANTARCTIC ADVENTURER ‘DIVER MATT’ 
What lives beneath the Antarctic sea ice? Diver Matt shares his underwater stories and images of Adelie penguins and Weddell seals, and the diversity of marine life beneath this extreme continent. Matt’s simple experiments engage and explain why it’s so different to what we find on the Victorian coast. Join in the Q&A session, or tweet your question to @phillipislandnp with the hashtags #penguindaypi and #WWFAntarcticJourney. Take home a WWF gift and then go and immerse yourselves in the spectacular Antarctic Journey attraction.
Recommended age group: 6+ years
When: Sunday, 24 April – 12.00pm
Where: WWF Antarctic Journey Discovery Theatre, Nobbies Centre, Phillip Island
Cost: Antarctic Journey entry ticket – Adult $18, Child (4-15) $9, Family (2A2C) $45

 

T&Cs: One free pot plant holder available with each Adopt a Penguin Gift from April 18 - April 29 or until stocks last. Limited to first 30 Adopt a Penguin Gift donors from April 18. Pot plant holder colour may vary. Donor must email pfoundation@penguins.org.au to redeem.
Thank your Mum with our special Mother’s Day Adopt a Penguin gift pack! Each pack includes 12 months Penguin Foundation Membership, Penguin Protector certificate, free pass to visit the Penguin Parade, little penguin photo, factsheet, letter of acknowledgement plus a gorgeous eco pot plant holder from Apple Green Duck, perfect for small herbs or flower pots. Your donation will help fund scientific research, environment and education programs that protect and preserve the unique flora and fauna of Phillip Island. Email pfoundation@penguins.org.au to redeem!
T&Cs: One free pot plant holder available with each Adopt a Penguin Gift from April 18 - April 29 or until stocks last. Limited to first 30 Adopt a Penguin Gift donors from April 18. Pot plant holder colour may vary. Donor must email pfoundation@penguins.org.au to redee