Location: St Kilda breakwater, at the end of St Kilda Pier
Urban biodiversity is becoming increasingly important, as research shows that cities play a vital role in biodiversity conservation and management. Protecting and enhancing biodiversity also supports the health and wellbeing of communities and can contribute to effective climate change adaptation actions.
The current Port Phillip Baykeeper has a history of advocating for the health of Port Phillip Bay for over 30 years.
During this time, the Port Phillip Baykeeper and Baykeeper program has:
Drain Detectives: Citizen science and sensors to protect bay beaches
St Columba’s: Operation STEAM Clean the Bay
Our schools and ELC programs allow students to connect to their local environment, especially Port Phillip Bay, St Kilda Botanical Gardens and Aboriginal Cultures and history. Students will be empowered to take sustainability action within their school, community and at home.
Our programs and excursions are linked to outcomes from VEYLDF, Victorian Curriculum and ResourceSmart Schools.
Garden Working Bees & harvest meal: Fridays 10am - 2pm
The EcoCentre garden is a shared community garden featuring Aboriginal cultural plants, a rain garden, heritage vegetables, a propagation area, heritage fruit trees and an organic waste composting system for the local neighbourhood. The produce is shared by those who help to grow it. It is also an educational garden with a strong focus on sustainable gardening practices.
Research now says that time in nature benefits our cognitive, psychological and physical wellbeing, our capability for insight and resilience - and that corporate volunteering corresponds to job satisfaction.
Corporate Social Responsibility through Wild Volunteering!
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.