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.

Download our map of the Parklands - very detailed!  Click here

News and Upcoming Events

Aussie Backyard Bird Count October 21st - 27th 2019

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count s a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard no matter where your backyard happens to be 

You can count as many times as you like over the week, we just ask that each count is completed over a 20-minute period. The data collected assists BirdLife Australia in understanding more about the birds that live where people live.

For more information on how to take part, head to the Bird Count website

Park Care Day - Sunday 21st July

Planting shrubs and ground cover on Mount Puffalo (the highpoint near the egg).   From 1pm on Sunday 21st July.

Refreshments provided afterwards.  Tools and gloves will be provided.   A wonderful afternoon for families!

General Meeting and Information Evening - 26th March

Tuesday 26th March 2019  7.30 - 9.00pm in the Environment Centre at the Separation Street entrance.

We are delighted to be joined by Jesse Barrett from Melbourne Water,

who was involved in responding to recent factory fires in West Footscray and Campbellfield. He will share his insights into these events, looking at the impacts on the Stony and Merri Creeks. We'll learn more about plans to reduce the risk of further incidents, as well as what we can do when we encounter pollution.

We'll also welcome the new DCMC Executive Officer, Graeme Hamilton, as our guest.

Clean Up Australia Day 2019

Come to Clean Up Australia Day 2019 in the Darebin Parklands.

Sunday March 3rd (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 (important)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 3rd.

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

Junior Rangers - Snake Safety Session  - Friday 8th February 2019

7.00 pm February 8th - Book your place to attend the Snake Safety Session with an expert from Black Snake Productions.

Bookings are essential as places are limited.  For more information go to events page.

This is a members event and a parent/guardian must be present to supervise children at all times.

General Meeting and End of 2018 BBQ

Tuesday November 27th from 6.30 - 8.00pm.

Come along to tell us what you value most in the Parklands and enjoy our end of year BBQ (vegetarian/vegan options available).  Meet at the Education Centre at the end of Separation Street.

Music from the Wetlands - Sunday November 18th

Join the local community with a day of celebrations, food and music.  The 9th "Music from the Wetlands" festival will be held on Sunday 18th November from 11:45am at the Alphington Wetlands (end of View Street).  DPA will have a stall at the festival and we would love to see you there!

For more information, download the document below.

 

Music at Wetlands - Press Release
Information including list of performers.
MFTW 20128 - Press Release.pdf
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Halloween Evening in the Parklands - 31st October

For a Halloween Night that is different come along to the Rangers Hut (at the end of Separation Street) on Wednesday 31st October at 6.30pm. 

Join in the activities and make a spooky treat!  Come in fancy dress if you can!!  No booking needed.

This is a Junior Rangers event (members only) and all children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

Parklands Discovery Walk - Saturday 13th October

Join long-time resident Eve Recht on a walk through the Parklands. Eve is an experienced bushwalking guide and will show you her favourite spots.  Now Spring has finally arrived this is an ideal introduction for new residents or a refresher for people who have not visited the parklands for a while. All welcome, although places are limited.  Meet at the Parklands entrance in Rockbeare Grove (between number 22 and 24) at 1pm.  The walk will take about 90 minutes and conclude with afternoon tea.  

To book, please click on this link. 

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.

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.

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.

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