Serendip Sanctuary

Region

Oceania

Country

Australia

Flyway

East Asian - Australasian flyway

Initiative

WLI Oceania

About

Name of organisation

Parks Victoria

Funding support

Parks Victoria

Number of staff

Varies

Number of visitors per year

70,000

Overall aims of the centre

Through education and interpretation Serendip Sanctuary will give visitors the opportunity to experience and value the importance of conservation, threatened species & cultural heritage.

Description of the centre

Serendip Sanctuary is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wadawurrung people. The sanctuary is based in Lara, close to Melbourne.

The sanctuary showcases open grassy woodlands and wetlands of the Western Volcanic Plains, making it an ideal spot to view birdlife and learn about wetlands ecology. More than 150 bird species common to the Western Volcanic Plains have been recorded at Serendip Sanctuary. The sanctuary also features captive breeding programs for threatened species including the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Serendip is a Parks Victoria Education Centre. An Education Team is based at the park – the team deliver a variety of education and community engagement programs to visitors. Schools take part in curriculum-based programs that are focused on the natural and cultural values of the Western Volcanic Plains. Junior Ranger programs are run for children in the school holidays and volunteers run free wildlife tours at the sanctuary every Saturday.

Work Areas

Main CEPA work area

Serendip Sanctuary’s key aim is educating people of all abilities about wetland and grassy woodland ecosystems and species that rely on these areas.

Expertise

Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat

Participation

Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community; Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Delivering adult education; Working with primary schools;  Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials

Contact

Name: Parks Victoria
Address: PO Box 2, Lara VIC 3212
Telephone: 13 1963

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