We first opened in 2000 under the leadership of Bob Goodale. Naragebup was established as an education and resource facility for the community, to enable a greater understanding of environmental issues and sustainable lifestyle choices. Since then we’re continually developing in order tobetter meet the needs of our community and provide them with ideas for a sustainable future.

As well as educational programmes, we also are involved in animal rehabilitation. So far we have assisted and rehabilitated over 100 sea turtles in our Turtle rehabilitation department.

Naragebup receives no dedicated funding – our lifeblood is the people who regularly volunteer their time towards helping us to continue to provide great environment education opportunities for the general public, augmenting visitor entry fees, and project-based grants, sponsorship and consultancies. We have over 150 voting members, and have won numerous prestigious state and national awards for our efforts.

What we have to offer onsite

    • • Award winning Enviro-tech solar passive Lakeview Room (function room) – made from hay-bail construction.
    • • Marine pond displaying marine life found in local waters
    • • Freshwater display tanks showing native and introduced aquatic species
    • • Turtle Rescue Centre (we rehabilitate ~ 70 baby sea turtles a year)
    • • Undercover displays on Thrombolites, Lake Richmond information, touch-tables of biological specimens, microscopes, Aboriginal artefacts, geological specimens, shell collection, alternative energy, fauna friendly gardening, bird ecology, pollution prevention, feral animals and more.
    • • Educational information resources including Regional Herbarium and library, wide range of factsheets on alternative energy, energy conservation, Thrombolites, local plants for year round colour, biodiversity, waste recycling etc.
    • • On site Activities: Organic vegetable gardens, low water use gardens, fauna friendly gardens, Bush tucker walk trail, Nature Walk Trail & nature play for kids.
    • • Functioning sustainability infrastructure: e.g. composting toilets, wind turbine, solar photovoltaic array, water conservation fittings, Permaculture swales and chicken tractor system, composting, worm farms.
    • • Great infrastructure: 150 seat powered amphitheatre, lecture theatre, presentation tools.