Bellarine and Geelong

Environmental Volunteering Calendar

Corio Bay and Port Phillip Bay are unique environments that make up Geelong's coastal backyard. Although many appreciate the marine wonders of our bays, many users in Geelong see places like Limeburners Boat Ramp as a place to dump their fast food, litter and fishing gear. Limeburners Boat Ramp is a frequently littered site with a fantastic view of the bay and due to fringing vegetation and rocky edges, is a place where lots of blown litter is captured before it ends up in the water, making it a great last resort for litter clean ups.

All volunteers will be supplied with gloves, bags, litter pickers and environmental information.

Contact info@bcn.org.au for more information

Join the Friends of Ramblers Road for a planting event along Ramblers Road in Portarlington.

The tree planting event will be followed by a BBQ. Meet at the car park between 38 and 40 Ramblers road.

For more information, contact Friends of Ramblers Road at friendsoframblersroad@gmail.com

Join the Friends of Ramblers Road for a weeding session along Ramblers Road in Portarlington.

The session will be followed by a BBQ. Meet at the car park between 38 and 40 Ramblers road.

For more information, contact Friends of Ramblers Road at friendsoframblersroad@gmail.com

Join the Friends of Ramblers Road for a Clean Up Australia Day event along Ramblers Road in Portarlington.

They will be having a BBQ afterwards (gold coin donation). 

Meet at the car park between 38 and 40 Ramblers road.

Last year the group almost collected enough rubbish to fill the skip bin.

For more information, contact Friends of Ramblers Road at friendsoframblersroad@gmail.com

💧🌊Coastal-Wetlands Series🌊💧Discover the wonders of one of Victoria's vital coastal wetlands. In partnership with Parks Victoria, we invite you to a Wetland Walk and Talk where we are joined by an expert from Birdlife Australia. Learn about the significance of this RAMSAR site for migratory birds, its unique ecology, and how we can protect their habitats. Engage in bird watching, lend a hand in a weeding session, and connect with fellow nature enthusiasts. This event is perfect for adults, families, students, and anyone passionate about environmental conservation.

** Key Highlights ** Explore this RAMSAR-designated site with a guided wetland talk. Delve into birdwatching and uncover diverse avian residents. Hands-on weeding to safeguard this unique ecosystem. Lunch provided!🦅 Come be a part of this meaningful day for our wetlands and the incredible birds that call them home.🦅 contact ledwards@cva.org.au for more information.

Have you ever wondered what those horse-shoe shaped jelly things are? If sharks lay eggs? What all the different shells on the beach are? These questions and more will be answered by Bellarine Catchment Network at this free, family-friendly beachcomb activity.

This activity is aimed at both children and adults so all are welcome. Adults need to accompany children under 12. There are limited spots available so please register.

What's involved: Participants will go on a beachcomb lead by experienced staff, looking for creatures and artefacts along the shoreline. Participants can enter the water up to their knees if wearing booties (either BYO or provided) and if conditions are appropriate, participants can also use provided aquascopes (e.g., plastic underwater viewing device - see image below). Participants will receive educational resources such as posters, brochures and more at the end of the session.

Please BYO: hat, sunscreen, water and booties or enclosed shoes like sneakers (no flip flops or sandals). It is suggested to wear bathers or shorts if intending to enter the water.

Access: Park near the Portarlington Pier and head towards the beach just west of the pier until you see the Bellarine Catchment Network table and staff. This activity will be run along the shoreline but can accommodate wheelchairs - please get in contact with us. The event will be run in English but please contact us if you require support as we work to accommodate everyone.

Note: Please do not attend if you are unwell. This event is also subject to weather conditions and will be postponed if weather is not safe or unfavourable. All participants will be notified 24 hours before.

This event is supported by Bellarine Bayside. For more information, please email us at info@bcn.org.au or visit www.environmentbellarine.org.au

Bellarine Catchment Network acknowledges the Wadawurrung; Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their ability, cultural background, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, intersex status or sexual orientation.

*NOTE: This activity is fully booked, however please contact the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre on (03) 5258 3344 to be added to the waiting list.

Join the Victorian Fisheries Authority at this free canoe session on the beautiful Swan Bay. Explore this special Ramsar wetland in a different way - you may see lots of birds, maybe some Southern Fiddler-Rays and lots of seagrass and other amazing creatures!

All participants will receive an educational pack about Ramsar wetlands. These canoes are made available through support from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

  • Ages 12 and above
  • Must be able to swim
  • Wear shoes that can get wet (no thongs or crocs)
  • Please call (03) 5258 3344 to book.

Coastal Discovery Stall - 10am - 3pm

Visit the Coastal Discovery Stalls at Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club, Breamlea, this January to explore the wonders of the coast - from the local Hooded Plovers, the creatures found in our rockpools as well as how to get involved in local environmental groups. Explore the table-top beachcomb, pick up some brochure so or do a colouring in!

What's involved: Local environment groups will be facilitating a tabletop beachcomb, craft and other activities at this stall from 10am - 3pm. Participants can pick up educational resources such as posters, brochures and more at this stall, find out about the local environment groups and understand more about local coastal treasures and issues.

Access: Parking can be difficult at this time of year, so you may want to leave extra time to find a park. Meet at the Bancoora Surf Life Saving Club entrance in Breamlea. 

Note: Please do not attend this stall if you are unwell. Our presence will be subject to weather conditions and may be postponed if unfavourable. Please check this calendar regularly.

This stall is supported by Barwon Coast. For more information, please email us at info@bcn.org.au or visit www.environmentbellarine.org.au

Bellarine Catchment Network acknowledges the Wadawurrung; Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.

We are committed to ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their ability, cultural background, religion, ethnicity, gender identity, intersex status or sexual orientation.

Join the Victorian Fisheries Authority at this free canoe session on the beautiful Swan Bay. Explore this special Ramsar wetland in a different way - you may see lots of birds, maybe some Southern Fiddler-Rays and lots of seagrass and other amazing creatures!

All participants will receive an educational pack about Ramsar wetlands. These canoes are made available through support from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

  • Ages 12 and above
  • Must be able to swim
  • Wear shoes that can get wet (no thongs or crocs)
  • Please call (03) 5258 3344 to book.

*NOTE: This activity is fully booked, however please contact the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre on (03) 5258 3344 to be added to the waiting list.

Join the Victorian Fisheries Authority at this free canoe session on the beautiful Swan Bay. Explore this special Ramsar wetland in a different way - you may see lots of birds, maybe some Southern Fiddler-Rays and lots of seagrass and other amazing creatures!

All participants will receive an educational pack about Ramsar wetlands. These canoes are made available through support from the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

  • Ages 12 and above
  • Must be able to swim
  • Wear shoes that can get wet (no thongs or crocs)
  • Please call (03) 5258 3344 to book.
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