If nature could speak, what would it say? 

Conservation storytelling provides a creative platform for Victoria’s animals and plants to tell the world how important their homes are and why humans should care about them. Telling stories can inform and inspire people to connect with and act for nature, allowing us to think about the environment from different perspectives.

Creative forms like song, movement, art, film, spoken word and written text have an important role to play in describing complex or abstract ideas in ways that everyone can understand. Conservation storytellers can influence pro-environmental values, attitudes, and beliefs by connecting us with little known or under-loved places and species. At Parks Victoria, we believe that everyone can use stories to raise awareness of the things we find special in nature. By practicing your storytelling and sharing with your friends and family, you can give a voice to the environment and contribute to a resilient, knowledgeable, and empathetic future.

Digital Picture Books 

Parks Victoria’s picture books use science-informed narrative and illustration to communicate conservation stories to young children. We hope that the heroes of each story will promote a love of and connection to place, and demonstrate ways to care for both habitats and species. 

The following picture books were developed through Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA)’s Victorian Faunal Emblems program.

Spectacular Splendid Swamps

Hope knows that swamps are more than just mud!

They're rustling, watery wonderlands.

Humans think swamps are soggy, stinky and sludgy.

They chop, change and fill them.

Hope wants the humans to love her swampy home

before it disappears for good.

She’s a little bird on a big mission –

but is she too small to make a difference?

Read Spectacular Splendid Swamps (PDF)
Illustrated image of a small bird and a swamp with the book title in the centre

Sprinkle Streams Ahead

Sprinkle floated across the mossy mountain pool, dreaming of the wide-open ocean.

What types of curious creatures loved their healthy watery homes along the way to the sea?

It was time for an adventure, but would Sprinkle see the salty, sparkly waves before their family called them back to the clouds?

Read Sprinkle Streams Ahead (PDF)
Illustrated image of a raindrop swimming with boots on with the book title in the left.

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