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Join us on an amazing walk through the mangroves. Discover why mangroves are a special environment and learn about the diverse range of birds and other animals that inhabit them. Learn how to identify local indigenous plants in Warringine Park. This activity is a walking excursion from Dolphin Research Institute in Hastings on Western Port. It complements our presentations based at the Institute.

The mangrove walk is also very popular with adults wanting to learn about the amazing history and wildlife of Warringine Park!  If you can’t make it to to the Dolphin Research Institute centre we can meet you at EITHER the Hastings entry or the Jacks Beach Reserve entry point.

Excursion 60 mins – $13 per person*

*$20 per student in a packaged program with Living Marine Treasures which is presented at the Dolphin Research Institute

Mature Mangroves, Western Port


The Dolphin Research Institute is an excellent venue for a Year 9 Geography Field Trip. It is a short drive from Melbourne and provides students with an opportunity to reinforce their learning of Interconnections and Biomes.

The experience began with a 60-minute lecture on the marine environment and geographical development of Western Port Bay and reference to the impact of urbanisation and the future of the bay as a Port. The tidal nature of Western Port and the Mangroves provided an opportunity to discuss the importance of the Mangrove Biome for fish breeding, global warming and pollution. Hands-on opportunities were provided throughout the talk and the students were encouraged to participate and ask questions.

Students finished the Field Trip with a 2km guided walk along the BoardWalk from Hastings through the Mangroves and were able to examine the features of the tidal marine biome, finishing at Jack’s Beach. The boardwalk is in excellent condition having been rebuilt recently.

The students enjoyed the relaxed nature of
the Field Trip and the combination of a lecture and walking experience. We found this an excellent field trip for the Year 9 Geography curriculum and are visiting for a second time in Semester 2, this year.

Teacher, Siena College

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