Free science activities at Coolart

Calling all curious children, nature-loving adults and adventurous families: become platypus protectors, search for bird habitats or join an ecology tour of the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead reserve as part of National Science Week 2018.

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The third annual Science in the Park: Wildlife Counts event will be the focus of a variety of free and accessible science activities for all ages on Sunday, August 12, from 10am to 4pm at the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead in Somers. The event will be opened by a Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony by an elder from the Bunurong Land Council.

PrimeSCI! Swinburne University of Technology, along with Parks Victoria, EPA Victoria, Birdlife Mornington Peninsula, Friends of Coolart, and many other organisations will host science presentations, tours of the reserve and fun hands-on science activities. The science seminars on the day will feature keynote speakers Ian Temby and Dr Andrea Hinwood, Victoria’s first Chief Environmental Scientist. Tours of the reserve will include an ecology tour with Gidja Walker. Leading up to the event, the Mornington Peninsula Astronomical Society has an astro-photography exhibition in the homestead.

Ranger Jenny says: “It’s great to be able to work with PrimeSCI! Swinburne University of Technology to bring this event to Coolart for National Science Week.  One of the most important things in managing our parks is research and monitoring — to understand what we have and how we are going to protect it.  Gathering this information can not only be done by professional scientists but also the community using ‘citizen science’. This event will be a chance for people to see how science is used in our parks and how they can be involved.”

National Science Week is Australia’s annual opportunity to meet scientists, discuss the hot topics, do science and celebrate its cultural and economic impact on society, and runs from August 11-19. For more information on the Coolart event, follow scienceintheparkcoolart on Facebook.