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Calling all environmental and wildlife warriors!

Calling all environmental and wildlife warriors!

Friday, August 11, 2023

Is one of your goals to be more environmentally conscious this year? Now is your chance!

Applications are now open for the City of Whittlesea Nature Stewards spring program, which will run from Saturday 16 September to Saturday 2 December.

This 10-week course run by Victorian National Parks Association, in partnership with the City of Whittlesea, will equip participants with the skills and knowledge they need to help protect our natural environment.

Under expert guidance, Nature Stewards study a range of topics including local ecosystems, plants and caring for native animals.

During this introductory educational program, you will be able to connect with your community and discover more about your local environment with hands on experiences. Field trips into bushland areas, such as Quarry Hills Parkland, will teach practical techniques and offer valuable experience that may lead to future volunteer opportunities.

Mel, who participated in last year’s Nature Stewards program, said the program exceeded all their expectations, providing a broad range of knowledge and experiences across environmental topics.

“Highlights for me were learning about ecological burning practises, First Nations knowledge and care for country, forest bathing and the benefits of connecting with nature, and how to communicate climate change science confidently and effectively.” said Mel.

“The field trips were a fantastic way to see the activity and results of conservation actions and a great prompt for discussion around challenges and opportunities in prevention, rehabilitation and revegetation. After completing the course, I feel more connected to my local area and have the confidence to contribute practical value to my local volunteer organisations.”

For more information or to apply, visit Nature Stewards - Victorian National Parks AssociationVictorian National Parks Association (

Applications will close Sunday 3 September.