Busi­nesses asked to sup­port ma­rine pro­gram for stu­dents

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

BUSI­NESSES and schools in the re­gion are be­ing asked to sup­port a new op­por­tu­nity for high school stu­dents to learn in one of the world’s most re­mark­able out­door class­rooms.

Wild Mob and Reef Catch­ments have de­signed a pro­gram for ma­rine sci­ence stu­dents that will see them gain valu­able on-ground ex­pe­ri­ence, while help­ing to pro­tect lo­cal is­lands and beaches.

Wild Mob is a not-for-profit, non-po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion that takes on-ground ac­tion to pro­tect and con­serve Aus­tralia’s most threat­ened species and ecosys­tems.

Gen­eral Man­ager An­drew El­phin­stone said with the Great Bar­rier Reef on their doorstep, you couldn’t choose a bet­ter place for lovers of ma­rine sci­ence to go to school than in the Whit­sun­days.

“Stun­ning beaches, trop­i­cal is­lands and co­ral reefs teem­ing with life are all within easy reach of our high schools, but these nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ments are also in need of pro­tec­tion,” he said.

The ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram is fully aligned to the Ma­rine Sci­ence Syl­labus and led by Wild Mob’s ex­pe­ri­enced field guides at lo­ca­tions such as Bramp­ton Is­land, St Bees Is­land and the Gold­smith Is­lands.

Stu­dents will re­ceive hands-on con­ser­va­tion sci­ence ex­pe­ri­ence in ar­eas as di­verse as coastal re­gen­er­a­tion, in­ter-ti­dal reef sur­veys, ma­rine de­bris and in­va­sive species man­age­ment.

Hun­dreds of stu­dents around Aus­tralia have al­ready par­tic­i­pated in Wild Mob’s ma­rine stud­ies pro­grams on Bramp­ton Is­land, in­clud­ing some who’ve come as far away as Tas­ma­nia, but so far none from the Whit­sun­days.

Lo­cal busi­nesses in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing the Mackay Ma­rine Class­room Ap­peal can con­tact Wild Mob part­ner­ships man­ager Ly­dia Gib­son on ly­dia@wild­mob.org or 0414 873 231, or visit http:// wild­mob.org/sup­port-us/mackay-ma­rine-class­room-ap­peal/.

REEF ED­U­CA­TION: Tas­ma­nian high school stu­dent Emily Granger with a GPS de­vice used in the Wild Mob and Reef Catch­ments ma­rine class­room pro­gram.

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