Hands-on conservation activity, engaging students from all over Victoria

Activities and program areas

We believe education is fundamental to the ongoing protection of our iconic coastline. As a consequence, we have invested heavily in the program to date and offer schools, groups and individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and experience hands-on learning activities on the coast. Our highly-experienced education team equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand, respect and protect the stunning Great Ocean Road coastline.

Our education team understands that students sometimes need more than one session to fully appreciate and understand the coastal environment, and that’s why we have included the option to develop an ongoing program.

Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary

There are a number of benefits for students when an extended program is developed. And ongoing session: gives students the opportunity to develop a strong relationship with the coast, consolidates the learned knowledge for the student, provides an opportunity for theoretical learnings to be applied, allows students to see the area develop over time as they work on it, and gives opportunity to experience a number of different conservation activities.

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee supports other programs and events throughout the year to raise environmental awareness throughout the community. Education is an important aspect of coastal conservation and through the environmental education program, the Great Ocean Road Coast has seen improvements in beachgoer behaviour and attitudes towards coastal protection.

Summer by the Sea

Each year the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee teams up with Coastcare and Parks Victoria to deliver a series of free environmental activities for children of all ages between Torquay and Lorne.  Summer by the Sea is a state-wide coastal event that provides the opportunity for everyone to discover Victoria’s marine and coastal environments. Held throughout January each year, the activities include rockpool rambles, fossil hunts, beach treasure explorations, nature walks, stand up paddle boarding and more! Stay tuned for the next Summer by the Sea Program.

Summer activities

The Great Ocean Road Coast Committee offers free environmental activities across the coast throughout summer. These programs are exclusive to the guests staying at the Anglesea Family, Lorne and Torquay Foreshore  Caravan Parks to help foster holiday maker’s connection with the coast when they visit. It also provides the perfect outlet for educational messages about the threatened local beach-nesting bird, the Hooded Plovers, and the importance of binning all litter.
Download the FREE camper activity booklet today for a little taste of education program, or come and stay with us these holidays!

Markets and events

The Great Ocean Road Coast is available for markets and stalls to help promote environmental stewardship at events. The team is equipped with lots of information, a microscope, examples of marine debris, Hooded Plover information and items, bush and beach artefacts and games and activities.  Some of the events our education and conservation teams have attended include:

ANGAIR Wildflower and Arts Weekend, Anglesea
Night Jar Festival, Torquay
Warralily Market, Armstrong Creek
Torquay College
Lorne Foreshore Market
Plover Appreciation Day
Seal the Loop Day

Our education and conservation stall has a lot of interactive and informative activities to promote the importance of environmental stewardship, but to also educate the public about the Great Ocean Road Coast Committee’s ongoing commitment to protecting and enhancing the natural assets along the coast.

The Great Ocean Road Coast tries to make the education programs easy for groups and provides all the relevant tools, equipment and personal protective gear, including hi-vis vests and gloves. Students and staff are required to provide their own transport to and from the site and bring along any food and beverages for the day.