Businesses asked to support marine program for students
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.