Our library has a range of marine-related books available for loan by members. See Marine_Care__-Library_Books_Catalogue .  To borrow any of these, please send an email request via our contact page.

Please remember to return the items promptly.

We gladly accept donations of books, CDs and items relevant to marine education and learning.

Beach-side Programs for Schools

Marine Care Ricketts Point is a volunteer group, which unfortunately does not have sufficient qualified educators or insurance to be able to provide programs for schools or other groups visiting the Sanctuary.

However, the following Groups may be able to help you plan or manage a school or group excursion:

SnorkellingBay Play

VCE Intertidal programs including Sea Search Monitoring – Gould League


Other Resources for Loan 

MCRP has a range of assets and equipment which are available for loan to financial members. These include an underwater camera, movie camera, projector, water proof binoculars, underwater viewing tube, GPS, portable loudspeaker system, and digital microscope.


Snorkelling Bayside – An Introduction to Snorkeling in the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and Nearby Waters – written by Ray Lewis.

This book is a digital version that has been written primarily to assist members of Marine Care Ricketts Point Inc with their snorkeling. It has been based upon general advice and the experience of many local divers. Click HERE to download a copy.



Species Identification    

Fish Identification Chart – some fish species you may encounter on a snorkel in the Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary – for our junior members a site that lists sea weeds and invertebrates (shell fish, crabs etc), that live in the Sanctuary.

Parks Victoria – Online Educational Resources for students

Taxonomic toolkit – for marine life of Port Phillip Bay

Marine pest id cards – Non-native species that have invaded Port Phillip Bay.

Intertidal Reef ID Sheet – Parks Victoria monitor these marine species of flora and fauna


Other useful links

Description Link
A Cleaner Yarra River and Port Phillip Bay Action Plan, Victorian Government, December 2013


 Bayside Council Coastal Management Plan 2014
Bayplay provided Marine Care Ricketts Point with spectacular underwater photos.
Birdlife Bayside
City of Bayside Indigenous Trails

Dave Reinhard’s marine images
Parks Victoria – Online Educational Resources for students
Taxonomic toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay


Teachers’ Resources

MCRP has prepared teachers’ resources suitable for use by educators looking for “something different” to present to students, prior to a visit to the marine sanctuary. The resources should enable teachers to take self guided tours. You can print or download the articles listed below.

A guide to teachers covering local Aboriginal history, foreshore plants, local marine life, some geology and a model view of the reef based life cycle. Also a guide to Coastal Indigenous Trial walks.

Script of Audio Plants Walk This script will enable teachers to take an informed beach walk, from the starting point of the Beaumaris Life Saving Club on Beaumaris Beach discussing most foreshore plants.This great resource was written and narrated by Rosemary MacLean.