Volunteering in nature summer series

The volunteering in nature summer series is back

From beekeeping to bird monitoring, the Volunteering in Nature Summer Series is back with a week-long program of free workshops and events from 28 November - 5 December 2022.

Through a program of 15 special events, Victorians can try volunteering with Parks Victoria and develop new skills to give back to the environment. Activities will be held in parks all throughout the state as well as online, closing on International Volunteering Day on 5 December.

During this week, we’ll celebrate the mammoth conservation efforts of volunteers and hear from people making a difference to the natural world. Together, we’ll bust the myth that volunteering is for people with a wheelbarrow full of free time and explore how technology like artificial intelligence is paving the way for flexible volunteering.

Act fast, space is limited and events are filling quickly.


Full program of events

Plastics recycling workshop, 28 Nov 2pm at Queenscliff Harbour

Discover the process of plastics recycling in this hands-on and motivating workshop.

Climate Watch trail, 29 Nov 10am at Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

Contribute to citizen science while experiencing Ocean Grove Nature Reserve, the last remaining stand of original woodland on the Bellarine.

Aboriginal cultural awareness tour, 29 Nov 2pm at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne CBD

With an experienced Koorie guide, you will learn how the land on which Melbourne is located has changed over time and about the significance of the Birrarung Wilam to the local Kulin peoples. This is event is currently sold out. Join the waitlist.

Epic Wilsons Prom overnight adventure (18 to 29-year-olds), 30 Nov – 1 Dec at Tidal River

Head down to Tidal River with your tent or swag and a spirit of adventure. This Ranger-guided citizen science field trip is for people aged 18 to 29.

Holiday with a difference, 30 Nov 12pm via webinar

Make tourism a force for good by incorporating responsible travel principles in your next holiday. Come on a journey with the Parks Victoria and we’ll show you how.

Native plant propagation from cuttings workshop, 1 Dec 10am at Westgate Park, Port Melbourne

From the science to the practice, after this workshop you will have the necessary knowledge to propagate some of the native plants you love and help to reduce the impact of climate change. This is event is currently sold out. Join the waitlist.

Fitting wildlife into suburbia and birding by ear quiz night, 1 Dec 6pm at AMES Multicultural Hub, Melbourne CBD

Listen to multi-award-winning naturalist Geo Fitzpatrick and test your knowledge with a birding by ear and other trivia quiz night.

Weed identification workshop, 2 Dec 2pm at Wattle Park, Burwood

Learn how to identify and control weeds using an integrated approach that minimises negative impacts on the environment in this hands on workshop.

Biodiversity and Citizen Science, 2 Dec 7pm via webinar

Join Parks Victoria and panellists to learn all about biodiversity, flexible volunteering through INaturalist projects and why data is important for conservation decision making.

Collaborate for conservation, 3 Dec 11am at Healesville Sanctuary, Zoos Victoria

Collaboration is the key to conservation. Hear how Parks Victoria and Zoos Victoria collaborate for positive conservation outcomes at Healesville Sanctuary (entry included). This is event is currently sold out. Join the waitlist.

Bee for biodiversity workshop, 3 Dec 2pm at Herring Island, Yarra River

There’s a lot of buzz about bees - our hard-working pollinators are an essential link in the food chain. Discover the differences between bees and learn to plant your own pollinator garden all on a mysterious city-based island. This is event is currently sold out. Join the waitlist.

Picnic in the park for the planet, 4 Dec 12pm at Jells Parks

Pack a zero-waste picnic and make your way to Jells Park for country music and a sustainability tips. Ditch single use plastic and learn about how you can get involved in waste reduction programs. Prizes for the most sustainable picnic.

Speed dating BioBlitz, 4 Dec 2pm at Herring Island, Yarra River

Stop swiping right, the thing you love most is right in front of you; nature. This is an 18+ event to meet likeminded nature lovers while enjoying a trip to a mysterious city-based island. This is event is currently sold out. Join the waitlist.

Indigenous Food, Fibre and Medicine Plants workshop, 5 Dec 10am at Westgate Park, Port Melbourne

Explore Australian native Bush Foods and be inspired to grow them in your garden. This is event is currently sold out. Join the waitlist.

Pathways to a conservation career, 5 Dec 7pm via webinar

Conservation can be a highly competitive career to break into. Great news for the planet, but what does this mean to you? A panel of Parks Victoria conservationists will share their career journeys.
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