Eastern SwampLa Trobe University's Outdoor Laboratory

Our vision is to provide a unique outdoor laboratory for La Trobe University, that provides transformative experiences for its community; including undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff, local schools and our neighbours.

What we do

We provide transformative experiences.

We provide a natural bushland environment for conservation, education and research activities that support the learning and teaching objectives of La Trobe University and its surrounding schools.

The indigenous plant nursery was established to grow and build the seed stocks of indigenous flora for the and residents and land managers in the region to enhance biodiversity with indigenous plants of relevant provenance.

We also provide an array of volunteering opportunities for those interested in the conservation of indigenous flora and fauna at the Wildlife Sanctuary.

We aim to:

  • Provide an outdoor laboratory for observing and learning about natural history and the environment
  • Foster research and education in environmental science, management, and restoration of indigenous habitats
  • Provide an example of the areas' original River Red Gum woodlands and wetlands
  • Offer passive, recreational areas for La Trobe University and its communities

The future

The will continue to provide a unique and valuable education facility in Melbourne's north, consisting of a 30-hectare open range sanctuary for indigenous species of flora and fauna that existed in the area prior to European settlement

To achieve this goal we have constructed a predator-proof fence to exclude a range of pest species. Now that this  has been completed, we are working towards re-introducing fauna species that would have previously occurred in the region.

Some of these species are threatened or endangered and may include:

  • Fat-tailed Dunnart
  • Eastern Barred Bandicoot
  • Eltham Copper Butterfly
  • Black Wallaby
  • Growling Grass Frog
  • Jacky Lizard
  • Emu