The Darebin Parklands Association acknowledges the Wurunjeri people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and pays respect to their elders past and present.

News and Upcoming Events

Community Bonfire - Friday 21st September

Come along to the DCMC Community Bonfire Night - everyone welcome!  Fire will be lit just after dusk on Friday September 21st on the Northcote floodplain at the base of the bluestone steps - Melways 31 D8.

Children must be supervised by parents.  Dogs (if present) must be on a leash.  Wear sturdy footwear (the steps may be slippery) and bring a torch.

 

Junior Rangers Spotlighting - Friday 17th August

17th August 2018 - Join the Rangers at dusk for a walk around the Parklands to spot those animal and birds that come out when it gets dark.  Booking essential as places are limited.  For more information go to events page.

Sugar Gliders spotted in the Parklands

 

July 27th 2018  - Sugar gliders have been seen using one of the nest boxes in the Parklands.  They are highly social animals and are active at night (hence their large eyes, which enables them to see in the darkness).

Junior Rangers Nesting Box Visits   Thursday 12th July

A wonderful family event on Thursday 12th July from 10am to noon.

Book your place to attend a session with a Parklands Ranger to learn about the wildlife that make their home here and visit some of them in their nesting boxes with the aid of the telescopic camera.  Bookings are essential as places are limitedBook here. 

A Parent/Guardian must be present to supervise children at tall times.

 This is a Junior Ranger event - if you are not a DPA member you can get 2018 membership here.

Park Care Day - Sunday 24th June

Planting shrubs and ground cover near the Ivanhoe Wetlands.  From 1pm on Sunday 24th June.

Refreshments provided afterwards.  Tools and gloves will be provided.  From the Ivanhoe side of the creek, enter via Rockbeare Grove (opposite Buchanan Street), go down the hill to the bridge and turn left, following the creek path to the wetlands.  A wonderful afternoon for families!

Junior Ranger Event - Frisbee coaching - Saturday June 23rd

Saturday June 23rd 10 - 12am

Learn the techniques for throwing and catching a frisbee - a fun and inexpensive way of exercising in the Parklands.  We welcome a coach from Coach Approach to teach children of all ages and abilities.  

Parent/Guardian must be present to supervise children at tall times.

 This is a Junior Ranger event - if you are not a DPA member you can get 2018 membership here.

Park Care Day - Sunday 27th May

Planting native grasses in Zeroland (near carpark).  From 1pm on Sunday 27th May. Refreshments provided afterwards.

Tools and gloves supplied - a wonderful afternoon for families!

Darebin Yarra Trail link - opening at last!

The much needed link is opening on Sunday 25th March.  Enjoy a free BBQ at Sparks Reserve Ivanhoe from 11am, or meet at the Rangers Hut in the Parklands by 10.30am and join the group walking down the trail to Sparks Reserve.  The event of the year!!

Junior Ranger Event - Archery in the Amphitheatre

Thursday 12th April from 10am to noon.

Book your place to attend an archery lesson from Rob McKenzie from Kew City Bowmen.  Children must be aged between 8 and 13 years.  Bookings are essential as places are limitedBook here.  Parent/Guardian must be present to supervise children at tall times.

 This is a Junior Ranger event - if you are not a DPA member you can get 2018 membership here.

General Meeting and Information Evening

Tuesday 13th March 2018 7.30 - 9.00pm in the Environment Centre at the Separation Street entrance.

We are delighted to be joined by Miranda Sharp, champion of farmers' markets across Melbourne.

With strong interest and experience in building local food systems, Miranda is the force behind the development of the Alphington Community Food Hub.

Clean Up Australia Day 2018

Come to Clean Up Australia Day 2018 in the Darebin Parklands.

Sunday March 4th (9.30am - noon)

Our Parklands is a precious place that's home to echidna, wombats, fish and frogs, bats and birds.  However plastic bags and other waste are swept down the creek and affects this habitat.  Volunteers are needed to help clean the Parklands on this nation-wide day of action.

Wear sun protection and appropriate footwear, but we can supply bags and you are assured of a friendly welcome.  Meet at the Ranger's Hut (end of Separation Street). See you there!

Families who would like to become members of the DPA can join up on the day.

Read more on the Clean Up Australia Day page here.

.. And win a chance to camp out in the Parklands!

Six lucky Junior Rangers and their parents will be randomly drawn from those who clean up the Parklands on March 4th.

Camp out will be in September and dinner, campfire, spotlighting and plenty of marshmallows included.

DPA Volunteer Group wins Australia Day Award!

On Australia Day 2018 members of the Thursday group headed to Eltham Community Centre to receive an Australia Day award for "improving the Darebin Parklands for our community as well as improving the habitat for all creatures that live there".  In all, eleven members received awards.

The event was attended by many volunteers and Jenny Macklin, Federal Member for Jaga Jaga presented the awards.  Well done everybody and thanks go to Katy, the ranger, for her support.

A Happy New Year to all our members!  This year we are offering a three year membership at a slightly reduced cost. See our payment page.

End of Year BBQ and info session

Tuesday November 21st  6.30 - 8pm.

All are welcome to attend our end of year BBQ and info session at the Education Centre at the end of Separation Street.  David Williamson from the Innovation Centre (our southerly neighbour) is going to speak about the work of the Centre and its connection to the local community.  BBQ to follow (with non-meat and vegan options available).  Hope to see you there!

Halloween Night in the Parklands - Tuesday 31st October.

For a Halloween Night that is different come along to the Rangers Hut (at the end of Separation Street) on Tuesday 31st October at 7pm. 

This is a Junior Rangers event (members only) and all children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Come in fancy dress if you can!!

For more news, go to the news page or check our Facebook page.