Volunteering with the Yalukit Willam Nature Association

There are so many ways to get involved with this exciting and innovative regeneration project.

Volunteering is a great way to meaningfully contribute to the Reserve, while building local community and having fun. 

The details on our different volunteer activities and how to join are outlined below.  Many of our volunteering activities require sign up through YWNA membership. The minimal fees help us to run our varied activities.

Working Bees are a great way to come along and get involved in the Yalukit Willam Nature Reserve, learn about our activities and people without having to be a YWNA member.

Working Bees

Are you curious about what’s happening in the reserve? Do you want to get your hands dirty and help create new habitats for wildlife? Come and join us in the Nature Reserve for a range of activities. The working bees are a fantastic way to be introduced to the roles you can play to help the reserve and get to know your local community. These are generally held on the last Saturday of the month from 2-5pm. Sometimes we have opportunities that occur outside of this schedule.

We just require a simple sign in and it can help with numbers to check in on Facebook events, if you have it. The most important thing is to just turn up! 

                                                  Harry Baxter- Working Bee Coordinator

Litter Clean-Up

Join our monthly litter clean-up! Litter collection is an important part of keeping our neighbourhood clean and local environment healthy. Epa is partnered with Love Our Street to deliver this volunteering opportunity. Litter clean-ups are held on the first Sunday of every month at 10:30am,  meet at the epa shed, which is situated off Glenhuntly Rd, opposite the Chain of Ponds.

Bring sturdy shoes, gardening gloves and reusable bags for litter. 

No registration required beforehand,  just turn up!

Plant Lab and SPA (Seed Production Area)

The Plant Lab and SPA is the YWNA’s very own propagation centre. The Plant Lab has regular volunteer sessions, which include activities such as plant collection, plant and seed propagation, weeding and planting. Volunteering with the Plant Lab is a great way to learn about local indigenous plants, and plant propagation more generally. 

Plant Lab volunteering requires you to be a member of YWNA. If you are interested in joining the Plant Lab crew: please email the  Plant Lab co-ordinator – Claire Hudson 


Bird Surveys

Come along to our monthly bird surveys to learn about local bird life and help collect useful data. Generally these are held on the  second Saturdays, after sunrise 7.30 am, though this changes in the Winter months.

Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars/cameras if you have them.

Keep an eye on our events page on this website and the Yalukit Willam Nature Association Facebook group for upcoming dates.

Coordinator – Bob Tammick

Night Fauna Surveys

Join us for a fascinating walk through the Reserve, and see how it changes at night. Nocturnal animals like Boobook owls (pictured above), Rakali and Possums are often spotted. 

Bring torches (red light preferred), cameras and sturdy shoes.

Keep an eye on our events page and the Yalukit Willam Nature Association’s Facebook group for upcoming dates. 

Fly By Night Surveys

Have you ever wondered what all those wonderful flying critters in the dark are? Would you like to learn more about the insect life in the reserve?
Join us in studying the insects that fly by night in the Elsternwick Park Nature Reserve.

Bring torches (red light preferred), cameras and sturdy shoes.

Keep an eye on our events page and the Yalukit Willam Nature Association Facebook group for upcoming dates. 

Lead co-ordinators – Pascale Jacq and Dassi Herszberg.

Weed Management

Weed management is one of the most important tasks our volunteers contribute to the reserve. We are starting a weed management trial which aims to compare our weeding techniques to the use of glyphosate, in hopes to minimise glyphosate use in the Reserve. 

To get involved in weed management sign up as an epa volunteer through the Plant Lab details.

YWNA Waterwatch

Waterwatch for Elster Creek is now being coordinated through YWNA. We run a monthly event on the last Sunday of each month. One of the aims of the reserve is to help improve water quality flowing into Port Phillip Bay (Nairm). The only way to understand what is happening in our local waterway is to collect water quality and macro invertebrate data. We are the first group to add underwater  sound files to the data we collect. You can come along by joining the epa and turning up to get signed in and inducted during one of our events.

                                                  Co-ordinator- Natalie Davey


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