More than 300 free activities will be delivered during Summer by the Sea 2019, with bookings now open.
The program runs from 2 to 26 January across Port Phillip Bay, giving people the chance to discover the amazing coastal and marine environments locally or where holidaying.
Program highlights include: a rockpool ‘ramble’ exploring the curious creatures that live in the rockpools at San Remo; geochaching – a modern GPS treasure hunt game – at Altona Meadows; snorkelling for beginners at Beaumaris; and a wetland discovery at Edithvale.
Coastcare Victoria Coordinator Bec Cross said: “Each year Summer by the Sea teaches thousands of Victorians who visit or live on our coastline about local marine environments and how to look after the coast.
“In 2019 we are providing more inclusive activities and we’re encouraging diversity through the Summer by the Sea program, allowing people who are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) to take part,” Ms Cross said.
“Summer by the Sea offers activities for people of all ages, from learning about Aboriginal cultural heritage in the Bay, to discovering the flora and fauna that make our coasts unique – there’s something for everyone.
“Summer by the Sea is a great way for all Victorians to explore the amazing marine species and habitats that are right on their doorstep, and to learn how they can better protect our coastal environments.
“People with a disability who wish to participate in Summer by the Sea are encouraged to contact Coastcare Victoria via our website to discuss their requirements to take part in activities.
“If you’re keen to take part in Summer by the Sea 2019, register for activities early to secure your place.”
Summer by the Sea is supported by coastal land managers, community groups and conservation agencies across Victoria.
The website, www.summerbythesea.vic.gov.au, provides a simple way to find and register for the free activities.
Port Phillip Bay Fund Final Round
15 March 2019. Photo credit: Marcia Riederer, Biodiversity, DELWP . Volunteer-based community groups, Aboriginal groups, kindergartens and schools are among those who can apply for funding in the final round of the Port Phillip Bay Fund (PPBF)