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Penguins spotted in Gippsland classrooms

Rangers from the Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Education team were delighted to have shared their ‘Chirpy Chicks’ penguin program recently with 173 students in the Gippsland region thanks to support from ExxonMobil Australia. 

This innovative and immersive school incursion program takes students on a journey through the life of a little penguin. Students also take on the role of research assistants as they weigh, measure and scan penguin plush toys, as well as handle taxidermy penguins. 

Kim Dunstan, Education Coordinator with Phillip Island Nature Parks said: “We were thrilled when ExxonMobil’s continued funding support was announced late last year, knowing that this would allow us to reach out to a whole range of schools.” 

“Students discover the many threats facing little penguins, and they feel empowered to take action to help protect our marine environment, which is one of the most gratifying outcomes of this program” Kim concluded.

The Chirpy Chicks program was held at Araluen, Sale, Rosedale and Longford Primary Schools in Gippsland.

ExxonMobil Australia is proud to be a long term partner of Philip Island Nature Parks, having supported the organisation since 1990.