Getting more Victorians to connect with our magnificent natural environment, and the plants and animals that are part of it, is just one of the ways the Victorian Government is protecting Victoria’s biodiversity.

Biodiversity 2037 is our plan to protect Victoria’s unique wildlife and ensure our natural environment is healthy, valued and actively cared for.  

Here are 6 ways we can help you connect with nature

1. Victoria’s 3,000 parks and waterways receive over 100 million visits each year including 1.7 million camping stays and more than 100,000 accommodation bookings. To get even more Victorians enjoying affordable camping holidays, we have halved camping fees! Start planning for your next camping holiday today.

2. Our $107 million Great Outdoors package will help more Victorians experience the benefits of spending more time in nature. It includes building 30 new camping grounds and upgrading 30 others, as well as improving walking tracks.  

3. Getting our kids excited about the environment is an investment that will pay sustainable dividends for decades to come. A fun way to do that is through Parks Victoria’s Junior Rangers’ program which is proudly supported by Macpac. After dark spotlight walks, underground adventure tours and rock pool rambles are just a few of the wonderful ways Parks Victoria is instilling a love of nature in the next generation of Victorians.

4. If going bush with the family isn’t really your thing, why not guarantee the kids will spot some amazing Victorian animals with a trip to Healesville Sanctuary? These school holidays we have special bushland explorer activities happening while Werribee Open Range Zoo is running Kulin Dreaming with fantastic Aboriginal cultural activities taking over the Australian Trail.

Both these Zoos Victoria school holiday activities run from 21 September to 6 October.

5. We’re supporting passionate Victorians who volunteer for nature with more than $2.8 million in Landcare grants this year. These grants are supporting 208 Landcare and environmental projects involving 314 groups across Victoria’s 10 Catchment Management Authorities. 

You can volunteer for nature too by joining a Landcare Group near you. You’ll meet likeminded people and reap the rewards of taking real action to conserve our beautiful and unique environment.  

Volunteering for Parks Victoria is another way to do your bit for Victoria’s biodiversity. There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities from volunteering as a park guide to collecting important information about our coastal environment and much more. 

6. One of the easiest ways to connect with the environment is by taking a walk through the forest. You can plan your hike before leaving home using our More to Explore app. It’s free and available for Apple and Android devices.  

If you prefer a real, live tour guide for your bushwalks, Parks Victoria host a range of  walks for all ages across Melbourne and Victoria. And they’re free!

Page last updated: 27/07/20