Volunteering in Nature: Summer Series 2021

Join us for a week full of hands-on volunteer events across Victoria!

November 29 - December 5 2021

Learn new skills, meet new people with similar interests to you and get back into nature with a diverse range of opportunities to suit everyone’s interests.

There are marine and terrestrial activities, citizen science, gardening and much more. Celebrate International Volunteer Day (Sunday 5th December) together with fun and interactive activities in your local area.

Who can join?

Everyone!

How to join?

Check out our program highlights below or search on ParkConnect for something of interest.

To join an activity, please first register with ParkConnect and select ‘join activity’. Not registered with ParkConnect? Create your own volunteering account, it’s quick and easy.


COVID-19

All Parks Victoria volunteer activities will be managed in alignment with the Department of Health and Human Services guidelines for coronavirus (COVID-19) including the need for physical distancing, group size restrictions, face masks and good hygiene.

All volunteers will need to provide their own hygiene supplies including hand sanitiser and face masks. Volunteers may also be asked to bring with them the following items if relevant: hat, gloves, sturdy footwear, safety glasses, wet weather gear, drink bottle, sunscreen and food.


More information

For more information, email volunteer@parks.vic.gov.au


Victoria’s Great Outdoors

The Summer Series 2021 is funded as part of a $4.5million investment to boost conservation and volunteering as part of the Victoria’s Great Outdoors program. The Victoria’s Great Outdoors program aims to get more Victorians, from all walks of life out and enjoying nature.


Program

Two volunteers at work in Lysterfield Park.

Friends of Lysterfield Park

Join the Friends of Lysterfield Park for various activities working to protect the parks environmental values and ensure the provision of high quality visitor facilities.

Register here.

A view of the Yarra river.

Walk, Talk and Weed with Greenlink Yarra Bend volunteers

December 5, 10am.

An introduction to natural values, revegetation forts and habitat improvement along the river bank and escarpment, Deep Rock, Yarra Bend park.

Register here.

A group of volunteers walking through Yarra Bend Park

Park Walks

Park Walks are free group walks led by Parks Victoria's trained Volunteers. We offer a range of walks through several of Park Victoria's stunning parks. The program provides volunteers and participants with a great way to connect to nature, stay fit and create a healthy routine.

Come try one of our walks this week! Sign up via Eventbrite.

Thu 2 Dec: Dandenong Ranges
Sat 4 Dec: You Yangs (10am and 12pm)
Sun 5 Dec: Gresswell Forest

And if you'd like to become a Park Walks Volunteer, you can register your interest on ParkConnect.

For more information contact us at healthycommunities@parks.vic.gov.au.

Two young volunteers observe a rockpool.

iNaturalist Data Discovery Program

Parks Victoria’s Data Discovery Program focuses on specific reserves with little or no data. Recording species from these sites will increase our knowledge of Victoria’s biodiversity and potentially identify species that haven’t been recorded in those areas before.

Become a Data Discoverer as you explore areas and contribute to science!

A flying bittern.

Birdlife Australia: Many ears make light work! Glenelg-Hopkins Soundscapes

Birdlife Australia have been recording the soundscapes of wetlands across the Glenelg-Hopkins Catchment and are now looking to recruit good listeners to help identify species through audio files. To date, volunteers have detected more than 21 species at Bryans Swamp, which has emerged as a hotspot for the endangered Australasian Bittern. 

To volunteer all you need is a computer, internet connection and a good ear! Audio files are available on Arbimon, for volunteers all across Victoria and Birdlife will provide training to all who would like to help out. 

This project is proudly supported through Round 1 of the Volunteering Innovation Fund .

A women wearing a Volunteer Track Ranger top faces the view with her arms outstretched

Plenty Gorge – Half Day Volunteer Track Ranger

Our half-day Volunteer Track Ranger events are the perfect opportunity for you to get involved, get outdoors and meet like-minded volunteers while working alongside our Rangers and Park staff for the day. Volunteers will be helping with park maintenance activities.

Register here.

A view of an information sign at a site planted with new food trees for koalas.

Koala Food Tree Planting Day – Somerville

Celebrate International Volunteering Day on December 5 by spending the morning planting 100's of koala food trees and other local trees and shrubs to increase koala habitat.

Habitat loss is the main reason for the decline of koalas and other wildlife, so let’s do something about it!

This is a great opportunity to learn about our environment and local wildlife, including koalas, while helping us to increase available habitat.

Register here.

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