More than 200 beachgoers took part in GORCC led and funded environmental education activities this summer as part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria 2016 Summer by the Sea (SBTS) program.
GORCC funded and hosted 20 local activities as part of the state-wide program, offering an array of adventures ranging from stand-up paddle boarding to fossil hunting.
GORCC has seen a strong turn out for the free experiences, with the forest adventure walk at Queens Park and the Jan Juc bush food and fossil hunting were as the most popular activities this year.
Check out a gallery of images from the 2016 program below (click on the photos to view larger images).
A group of young enthusiastic participants enjoy exploring the shallow rock pools for beach treasures.
GORCC Education Coordinator Pete Crowcroft and Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma keep track of the hoodies from a distance.
From left: Marita, Matilda, Mia, Otis, Elke, Occy, GORCC Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale and GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma.
Summer by the Sea participants were able to join the GORCC conservation team and help water newly planted indigenous fauna.
From left: Oscar, Elke, Pete, Marta and Matilda with GORCC Education Coordinator Peter Crowcroft and GORCC Education Activity Leader Hiary Bouma doing a ‘hoodie investigation’ activity.
GORCC Conservation Supervisor Georgie Beale sets up the telescopic scope to view the vulnerable Hooded Plover nest at Point Roadknight.
GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma examines some of the treasures the Summer by the Sea participants found on the beach.
Just the way the morning should end, with a large scale water fight to cool off.
GORCCs Pete Crowcroft and Rachael Beecham with a group of enthusiastic honorary conservation team members.
An honorary GORCC conservation team member waters the newly planted indigenous fauna at Fishermans Beach.
GORCC Education Coordinator Pete Crowcroft points out a crab found in the rocky ledges at Point Roadknight.
GORCC conservation team members Rachael and Evan having some fun at the Summer by the Sea activities at Fishermans Beach.
GORCC Education Coordinator Pete Crowcroft is excited for the days adventures.
GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma explains why it is important to always check signs at the beach.
Summer by the Sea participants observe the hoodies and chicks from a distance using the GORCC telescopic lens.
GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma and Parks Victoria ranger with an eager group of participants about to head to the beach in search of treasures.
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