Hands-on Biodiversity at Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve

At our Term 2 TEN, 2022 we visited the Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve. Once a public golf course, the park is now being transformed into a unique reserve for wildlife, creating a biodiversity refuge for exploration, education and enjoyment by the community! 

The session included a guided walk through the reserve with local naturalist, educator and Elsternwick Park Association member, Gio Fitzpatrick. We also heard from the EPA President, Nat Davie, and Sienna, a grade 6 student at Elwood Primary School, who has initiated a Nature Ambassadors program at her school where students can help promote and conserve biodiversity in the park.

You can read about the event on the EPA blog here!

We thank the City of Port Phillip and Bayside City Council for supporting these Teacher Environment Network meetings and professional learning opportunities. 

Below are a list of some useful resources about the reserve as well as biodiversity curriculum activities for your classroom.


Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve

Bayside City Council – Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve
Here you will find information and updates about the development and the Masterplan. 

Elsternwick Park Association
You can also join the Facebook EPA group for community posts and updates on any upcoming volunteer opportunities.



Watch this progress video to look at Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve’s journey so far

Tree Hollows and Nest Boxes with Gio – EcoCentre TV

The Secret Lives of Our Urban Birds, ABC documentary
Gio Fitzpatrick featured in the abc documentary about birds in urban environments and features the Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve. A great tune-in activity for students!

Elster Creek Wildlife video – created and narrated by Gio

Baykeepers: Time of Chaos – Humans have long been entrusted to protect Nairm (Port Phillip bay). N’arweet Carolyn Briggs, Boon Wurrung Elder, shares the Time of Chaos story which tell how Nairm was formed and why we must continue to protect it.


Elster Creek Wildlife Walk 
In collaboration with St Columba’s Primary School, a free to download brochure that takes you on a journey from Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve along Elster Creek and out to the bay. You’ll learn about the history of the area as well as discovering some of the unique wildlife you may meet along the way!


Biodiversity Curriculum Activities

ResourceSmart Schools Biodiversity Audit

Cool Australia

CERES Biodiversity resources

Greensong Habitat Gardens

Carbon Neutral Schools – Waru Waru Sustainable Schools Alliance
At our Term 1 TEN, we heard from teachers, parents and students who form part of the Waru Waru Sustainable Schools Alliance. This alliance between Albert Park Kinder, Albert Park Primary School and Albert Park College, with the support of the City of Port Phillip, are on a journey to becoming the first carbon neutral […]
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Our Big Blue Backyard – Student Learning and the Bay
  Following on from our Teacher Environment Network workshop on ‘Our Big Blue Backyard: Student Learning and the Bay’ we have compiled a range of free learning resources for you to explore. These include videos, films, citizen science auditing tools, units of study and lesson plans. We have also linked a copy of the presentations […]
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The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located.

We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.