Along with the rest of the community, we are concerned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and we are thinking of you and your families and friends.
We want to reassure you that the safety and health of our members, volunteers, participants, supporters and staff are our first priority and that we are following the advice of health experts and government.
VNPA is putting in place measures to minimise the exposure of our people to the virus, while continuing our work protecting nature across the state.
Postponing or cancelling events and activities
We are either postponing or cancelling events, meetings and activities we had planned from now until at least the end of June 2020.
- All meetings or events planned at the 60L Green Building, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton will be postponed, cancelled, conducted by telephone or an online update will be provided.
- Staff are working from home, and will continue to monitor post, phone and email.
- All bushwalking and activities will be cancelled or postponed until the 30 June. There will be no activities listed on our website and we will not distribute the next printed activity program.
- We are monitoring coronavirus restrictions and considering how and when we can start running our citizen science, bushwalking and education activities again.
- If you’re keen to get back out bushwalking with our Bushwalking and Activities Club, please make sure you’re on the bushwalking email list, to hear when activities are up and running again. You can join the bushwalking email list at vnpa.org.au/bwag-sign-up
Continuing to care for nature
Thanks to our wonderful supporters, our important work protecting nature still continues apace and there is still a lot you can do to protect and enjoy nature.
- We encourage you to connect to nature at home by using the resources we’ve created at vnpa.org.au/nature-at-home
- We are continuing our work to stand up for nature across the state and developing new ways to do this.
- Park Watch magazine will be posted and sent by email as per usual, with an array of informative and interesting stories.
- For those involved in ReefWatch or NatureWatch programs, keep an eye out for news.
- Visit www.vnpa.org.au to stay up to date on campaigns, news and our ongoing work, and subscribe for email updates at vnpa.org.au/sign-up.
- Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
Connecting with nature
Time experiencing nature can be a valuable way to care for our physical and mental health, but as the situation is changing rapidly please ensure you visit health.gov.au for the latest advice before heading out into nature.
For details on national parks, reserves, park closures, campsite closures and changes in conditions, visit the Parks Victoria website
If you need to keep kids occupied, try our Wild Families activity sheets with nature activities and wildlife facts which can be used at home. Activities include ’16 ways to get to know a tree’, and colouring-in. Visit Wild Families.
You can also visit our nature at home resources with a virtual fish count, podcasts and more. Visit Nature at Home.
Campaigning for new parks in central west Victoria
So far there has been radio silence from the Victorian Government. We’ll be doing everything we can to keep up the pressure on the decision-makers to accept the expert recommendations for new national parks in the central west.
All of our online actions are still active so please add your voice and share them far and wide!
Your membership and support
We are all uncertain about the future right now, and like you, VNPA hopes the impact of the coronavirus doesn’t last too long.
But no matter how long this crisis lasts, the reality is that it’s now more important than ever to stand up for nature.
With that in mind, we hope that you, along with all the VNPA community, will continue your membership and give generously to protect Victoria’s nature.
As a community of nature lovers, we hope you can take some solace in nature in these uncertain times.
Keep safe and look after yourselves,
Executive Director Matt Ruchel and the team at VNPA