The Victorian National Parks Association would like to acknowledge the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the entire Victorian community in so many different ways.
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.
The Victorian National Parks Association has put in place measures to minimise the exposure of our people to the virus, while continuing our work protecting nature across the state.
Experiencing nature can be a valuable way to care for our physical and mental health, but as the situation is changing constantly please ensure you visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 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.
Activities and events
Rest assured that we are always following government guidelines as the COVID-19 situation changes.
Pending restrictions, we currently have in place measures to run our bushwalking and activities program (which can be found online and via the email list), citizen science programs ReefWatch and NatureWatch, and Wild Families and other education activities in a Covid safe manner.
We continue to run our public events using online platforms.
You can continue to enjoy our Nature at Home resources with a range of activities and ideas.
Day to day work
Meetings are currently still being run online.
Staff are mostly working from home, and will continue to monitor post, phone and email.
Continuing to care for nature
The reality is that it’s now more important than ever to stand up for nature. The lockdowns have given all of us a deep reminder of the important role nature plays in our lives (as shown in our 2020 opinion poll).
We continue to work tirelessly on our campaigns to protect Victoria’s native plants and animals.
All of our online actions are still active so please add your voice and share them far and wide. 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.
Your membership and support
With all this in mind, we hope that you, along with all our community, continue your membership and give generously to protect Victoria’s nature.
Keep safe and look after yourselves,
Executive Director Matt Ruchel and the VNPA team