Say hello to our talented and passionate crew who love nature, education and being creative! Every day they come up with new fun activities for you to try at home.

Emma Schoknecht


Hi, my name is Emma. I am a discovery and learning leader at Kings Park.

I coordinate nature activities in Rio Tinto Naturescape and present Zippy’s Kings Park Adventures, our early learning program for 3 – 5 year olds.

I love spending time in nature and love seeing birds, quendas and insects enjoying my garden as much as I do.

John Dagnall


Hi, my name is John and I’m a nature activities leader in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park.  

I get to welcome thousands of visitors to Rio Tinto Naturescape every year and help engage them with our unique environment.   
I am currently studying Environmental Biology at Curtin University. I am very passionate about nature and I enjoy all kinds of sports! 

Louise Tero


Hi, my name is Louise and I am a discovery and learning leader at Kings Park.

I work in Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park and I teach 3 to 5-year olds about nature in our Zippy’s Kings Park Adventures community program.

I love nature and I love being outside. I live in Belmont with my family and pets including four ducks, two chickens and a dog; and lots of trees in my backyard!

Marnie Giroud


Hi, my name is Marnie and I'm a community engagement officer at Kings Park.

I design and run programs for the community to get involved in at Kings Park.

I’m a conservation artist, wildlife carer and educator and I love our unique wildlife and natural places.

I love discovering and learning and sharing with others and that is why I love my job at Kings Park!

Ricky Walley


Hi, my name is Ricky.

I am a proud Nyoongar yok (woman) with connections to seven of the 14 Nyoongar nations.

I have a passion for Aboriginal language preservation and education. I am an education officer at Kings Park and I teach Nyoongar culture and heritage and help plan and run Kings Park Education’s cultural heritage events.

Kings Park access disruption

Poole Avenue will be closed due to road maintenance works from 10.00 pm on Tuesday 2 June to 6.00 am on Wednesday 3 June 2020.


The wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our number one priority during the current COVID-19 situation. We are closely monitoring and responding to Government health advice and putting extra measures in place to protect our staff, volunteers and visitors.  

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National Reconciliation Week

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority recognises and honours the long history and deep spiritual connection of the Wadjuk Nyoongar people to Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park).

National Volunteer Week

The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority is lucky to have the support of over 850 passionate volunteers.

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