Waterfront: Designing for Wildlife Past Event

Presented by Centre for Architecture | Open House Melbourne and Philip Island Nature Parks
Aerial photograph of the Philip Island Nature Parks Visitors Centre. An angular silver building in a green landscape by the beach.
Philip Island Nature Parks Visitor Centre

IN-PERSON EVENT: Designing for Wildlife Tours

Join a ‘ranger-led’ tour that explores the passive-design principles of Phillip Island Nature Parks, including ‘animal architecture’ for Little Penguins.

Start with a tour of the new Terroir-designed building with Sue Graham, Education and Interpretation Ranger, then move to a boardwalk tour led by research director, Peter Dann. The focus of the discussion will be on how sustainable design principles can have a positive impact for humans and wildlife.

Please note: this one-off special event does not provide access to the general Penguin Parade viewing – tickets must also be pre-purchased from this link. Those not able to join this event in person can view Live Penguin TV here.

ONLINE ACTIVITY: Design For Nature

Climate change is predicted to make Phillip Island hotter and drier, so Nature Parks in collaboration with La Trobe University, is testing 50 artificial burrows, in five different designs, to better protect penguins during extreme hot weather. How would you design a penguin burrow to protect our little feathered friends? Explore the challenges little penguins face in a changing climate and the concepts of passive design, and create a little penguin burrow that can extend the deadline on saving this iconic animal.


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$15 + booking fee


Sat 27 Mar 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
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Sat 27 Mar 6:15 pm - 7:00 pm
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Sat 27 Mar 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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Philip Island Nature Parks
1019 Ventnor Rd, 1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922, Australia