Schools and community groups are invited to borrow these large portable exhibitions which provide a visual history of the stunning Victorian volcanic plains and the Maribyrnong River Estuary. They are fantastic tools to explore the impacts of human intervention in our local environment.
Both exhibitions can be easily and temporarily installed in classrooms, libraries, community halls and meeting rooms and be used by a large variety of people and groups.
Volcano Dreaming showcases the biodiversity of one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems; the wildflower grasslands of the volcanic plains that stretch from Melbourne, across most of southern Victoria.
Dozens of different species of flowers, birds, insects, lizards, and marsupials bring the exhibition to life. Children will enjoy spotting all the creatures hidden in the grass, under rocks or under water, while short vignettes educate the viewer on the ancient formation of the land from lava flows, the fauna and flora that call it home, and the impacts that European settlement has had.
Since the arrival of the Europeans in the early nineteenth century, this natural landscape has been transformed dramatically. Some animals and plants have been driven to extinction, while the existence of many others is marginal and severely under threat.
The engaging display aims to show you something of the original world of the western plains, what has happened to it, what is being done to help preserve it, what remains of it and what you can do to help.
The exhibition is a 12m by 2m photographic panorama that merges more than 3000 photographs taken during more than 100 field trips over a three year period.
Educational activities and worksheets which complement the exhibition are available online.
Pobblebonk: Animals of the Maribyrnong River Estuary
This 10 panel panoramic depicts the many animals and plants that inhabit the lower Maribyrnong River.
It is remarkable how many different species, indigenous and introduced, still live in the estuary despite a city growing up around it. It is also remarkable what food chains, food webs and biological neighbourhoods remain relatively intact or workable.
Detailed information about the animals depicted in the exhibition are available online.
For more information or to request a booking please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9243 8888.