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Our scientists, educators and volunteers use the outdoor world as our classroom to connect people with local nature. We educate, connect and inspire people to care for land, water, wildlife and community wellbeing.


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Nairm Catchment Microplastics Research Project

Nairm Catchment: Microplastics Research Report

Time: 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Date: Tue, 26 October
Location: Online, via Zoom

With the support of the Port Phillip Baykeeper, Friends of Darebin Creek and the Albert Park Yachting & Angling Club, RMIT and Monash University students from different educational disciplines combine to discuss the social and environmental effects of microplastics in waterways. Their research tracks the journey of synthetic turf from a suburban hockey field to the Darebin Creek and Port Phillip Bay; and explores potential implications for Port Phillip Bay’s Snapper population as well as human health. Their collaboration demonstrates the strength of working together; and encourages community action and citizen science to foster collective responsibility and action.

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Register for AGM

EcoCentre AGM: Sun, 7 November 2021 (online)

You are cordially invited to our Annual General Meeting, to be held virtually over Zoom on Sunday 7th November 2021 at 2:00pm. Join us on 7 November to celebrate community-led action with the EcoCentre and our network of partners from the community, government, philanthropy, education and research institutions. Our collective impact since 1999 has transformed the way Melbourne understands wildlife, waterways and wellbeing in the age of climate change. 

Please RSVP to secretary@ecocentre.com to receive an email with the Zoom link.

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View Latest NatureSpot Results!

Explore Latest NatureSpot Results

NatureSpot biodiversity surveys is a citizen science project where anyone can contribute to catalogue plants and animals living in our city. The community has submitted over 1,000 sightings of flora and fauna since November 2019. 

Find out more about NatureSpot


Clean Bay Blueprint

Clean Bay Blueprint

Clean Bay Blueprint is a three-year litter study conducted between July 2017 and June 2020. The project had three aims: to conduct rigorous and replicable methods to quantify plastic pollution through microplastics trawls and beach litter audits; to engage the community in citizen science actvities; and to build partnerships with other organisations that target litter and Bay health.

Learn more about the Clean Bay Blueprint


EcoCentre Redevelopment

EcoCentre Redevelopment

The new EcoCentre will provide space for Melbourne to connect, act and transform.The people of Port Phillip and Greater Melbourne want to live in a greener, cooler, more liveable city. We want to breathe clean air and walk on litter-free beaches. We want our children and grandchildren to swim in a plastic-free bay, to hear birds singing in our parks and gardens, to understand and care about this place we call home. We want our homes and streets to be resilient to the impacts of climate change.

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Volunteer at the EcoCentre


Volunteers drive our community-powered action, as we work to inspire, educate and demonstrate sustainable environmental practice and strengthen people's connection to the natural world. All volunteers must complete an induction before volunteering with us.

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Unclogging Earth's arteries

Waterways are the arteries of the Earth. Plastic pollution is clogging waterways, endangering wildlife, the climate, and our way of life.

Help us sail towards a plastic-free Port Phillip Bay!



Boon Wurrung Foundation Logo The EcoCentre acknowledges the Kulin Nations, including the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung language group, traditional owners of the land on which we are located. We pay respects to their Elders past and present, and extend that respect to other Aboriginal and Elder members of our multicultural community.

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