Students in the coastal classroom

Our Possum Pete in Anglesea with the YMCA team


YMCA Anglesea Recreation Camp’s, ‘Kids Go Bush’ program loves getting our families out and about in the bush each week during  its ‘Bush Playgroup’ sessions. Building Cubbies, cooking on the fire, seeking in the Bracken ferns, our rope swing and regular journeys around our special areas of the Anglesea Recreation Camp, providing many and varied educational learning opportunities.

On Monday 14 August, the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee joined the YMCA team to enjoy a beach adventure at Point Roadknight beach in Anglesea. It was full of surprises, including seeing some hard-to-spot decorator crabs and a pod of dolphins playing in the waves off the point.  Great Ocean Road Coast’s Environmental Education Program Coordinator Peter Crowcroft, aka possum Pete (pictured above),  provided some very insightful facts about the local area and showed all the kids a collection of marine treasures.

Anglesea is fast becoming the environmental education capital of Victoria with some of the best in the business, working together to help connect the next generation with the diverse Anglesea coastline.

For more information please email kidsgobush@ymca, or call on 5263 1512 or follow the YMCA Anglesea on Facebook.


The Great Ocean Road Coast’s  Education Leader, Coast Guardians Program Coordinator Hilary Buoma  recently ran a session with Lorne P-12 College  learning about the plants on the small dune Lorne has at Point Grey.  The team investigated how the dune soil and plants change from the front of the dune on the beach to the back of the dune in the trees, and what factors affected the growth of the plants. We also discussed the issues involved in coastal planning and management on the Surf Coast and at Point Grey. The students then collected some rubbish from the area.


Geelong Lutheran College 9A joined our team at Whites Beach in Torquay.  The team examined the dunes in more detail looking at the plant adaptations to the harsh environment including salt, lack of water, wind and varying temperatures. The students took measurements along a transect line and made hypotheses. They also planted over 100 plants at the Whites Gap site, where the school has been rehabilitating for 5 years.

Hilary Buoma with the Northern Bay College students

Northern Bay College Term 2 students (pictured) joined us for their first session out at Torquay. The school focus on overcoming challenges and during this session learned about the animals and their habitats on the Surf Coast, and learned about work safety,  and then we planted 150 plants in 2 hours under warm winter conditions. This work was on the Torquay foreshore next to the caravan park, where many pest weeds had previously been removed to make space for indigenous plantings.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee is a not-for-profit organisation that reinvests all revenue back into the coast, caravan parks and community.

To find out more about the Great Ocean Road Coast’s environmental education programs and our partners, who are all giving back to the coast, visit:


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