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. This came to us following a heartbreaking bushfire season, making 2020 a hugely challenging year.
Victorians have put in an enormous effort to dealing with the challenges of 2020. As we get back out and about and rebuild, we hope that you manage to find some time and solace with nature for your mental and physical wellbeing.
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.
Getting our activities and events up and running again
We are currently putting in place measures to allow us to get our smaller activities such as bushwalking and citizen science up and running again in a Covid safe manner.
If all goes well and pending restrictions we are looking to re-establish our bushwalking and activities program in January. Activities will be listed online and details of activities will be emailed to our bushwalking and activities list. You can join this email list here.
The Great Victorian Fish Count is set to go ahead this year with participating groups putting practices in place to meet COVID-19 restrictions. Learn more or take part in this year’s count here.
Meetings, events and day to day work
Meetings or events are currently still being run online.
Staff are working from home, and will continue to monitor post, phone and email.
Continuing to connect with and care for nature
The reality is that it’s now more important than ever to stand up for nature. This time away from nature has given all of us a deep reminder of the important role nature plays in our lives.
We know we have all have been missing our favourite places and national parks, everybody has, our recent opinion poll proves here.
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.
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 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.
Your membership and support
No matter how long this crisis lasts, the reality is that it’s now more important than ever to stand up for nature, and importantly ensure nature can be part of rebuilding and reinvigorating our community/society.
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.
Keep safe and look after yourselves,
Executive Director Matt Ruchel and the team at VNPA