Earthcare St Kilda is a non-profit volunteer group that works in partnership with local government, state government bodies and specialists to improve the natural resources of the City of Port Phillip, from Port Melbourne to Elwood.

We do what we can, where we are

Earthcare volunteers come from the City of Port Phillip and further afield to work on a number of practical marine and terrestrial projects.  These projects are aimed at protecting the local natural environment, as well as increasing the diversity and extent of indigenous flora and fauna. 


Earthcare St Kilda volunteers also facilitate opportunities for local residents to experience and learn more about the wide array of plants and animals with which we share our lives, and to join in projects which are designed to protect and improve the local environment.

Current Earthcare St Kilda projects include:

  • Monitoring the health of Little Penguin and Rakali populations.
  • Providing a Penguin Guide service each night during the day light saving period to educate visitors and minimise the impact of visitors on the penguin colony. 
  • Revegetation of foreshore and reserves.
  • Reducing the impact of Northern Pacific Seastars around St Kilda Pier and Brighton Sea Baths.
  • Quarterly removal of litter from the Little Penguin colony on the St Kilda Breakwater.
  • Seagrass surveys of St Kilda Harbour.
  • Surveys of local fauna, both resident and transient.
  • Friends of Elster Creek, protecting and improving the environment along Elster Creek and Elwood Canal.
  • Public education for school groups, visitors and other interested parties.
  • Submissions to government on development proposals which may impact the natural environment of the City of Port Phillip.

Where required, projects are undertaken with the approval of and permits from the relevant government bodies such as Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Members receive regular emails and newsletters about Earthcare St Kilda activities.

For more details on how to become an Earthcare member and access to the membership form, click here.

If you would like to make a tax deductable donation to support Earthcare St Kilda's activities then please contact us via

Forthcoming events

Penguin Symposium: Celebrating 30 years of Little Penguin Research

Saturday 27 August 2016
at Memo Music Hall, Acland Street  St Kilda


10am          Serge Thomann         Welcome to country
10.10am     Nicole Kowalczyk       The foraging and reproductive ecology of St Kilda Penguins
10.30am     Naomi Wells              The time and duration of moult in Little Penguins
10.50am     Flossy Sperring          The influence age and sex have on moult in Little Penguins within the St Kilda Colony
11.10am     Tiana Preston            Environmental DNA as a monitoring tool for platypus
11.30am     Bernard de la Coeur   Being a penguin guide

11.50am     Brief coffee break

12.00pm     Paula Wasiak             From the brink of extinction to a flourishing population. The colourful history of Phillip Island penguins
12.20pm     Meagan Tucker          The effect of environmental variation, the survival and their productive ecology of St Kilda Little penguins

12.40pm     Starlight Jazz will entertain you during the lunch break

1.40pm       Douglas Gimesy         The power of imagery in wild life conservation
2.00pm       Neil Blake                  Who sustains the freeloading charismatic mega fauna?
2.20pm       Andre Chiaradia         The comparison between oceanic and bay little penguins
2.40pm       Annette Finger           The Little penguin as a bio indicator for coastal pollution
3.00pm       Anne Wallis                - Penguins, Puppies and People – the Middle Island & Kristie King Maremma Project
3.20pm       Zoe Hogg                   30 years of St Kilda penguins

3.30pm Close

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be freely available all day. Lunch will be provided.

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The events for the next three months are shown below.

August September October

Breakwater Cleanup @ St Kilda Pier


Penguin Guiding Season starts @ St Kilda Pier

Northern Pacific Sea Star Removal @ St Kilda Pier

Northern Pacific Sea Star Removal @ St Kilda Pier

Northern Pacific Sea Star Removal @ St Kilda Pier

Penguin Symposium @ Memo Music Hall, Acland Street















Contact Us

Post: PO Box 287 Elwood VIC 3184

Latest News

Penguin Guides

Earthcare St Kilda are now recruiting the this coming season's Penguin Guides to be on duty each night at the St Kilda breakwater, providing information to visitors and assisting to minimise the impact of visitors on the St Kilda penguin colony.

Annual Report

The Earthcare St Kilda Annual Report 2015-16 is now available.

Seal the Loop Bins on St Kilda Pier/Breakwater

About the Seal the Loop bins on St Kilda Pier for fishermen to put their used fishing line in.

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Penguin Viewing

The Penguin viewing area at the end of St Kilda Pier is now open - the viewing area is on the start of breakwater behind the Kiosk at the end of the pier.
The best time for viewing the Penguins starts from approximately 30 minutes after sunset.
Penguin Guides will be on duty between 6 October 2013 and 5 April 2014.