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Students from Mackay North, Sarina, Pioneer and Mackay State High Schools have participated in an outdoor education adventure as part of the 2015/16 Marine Classroom Program, each school spending four days on Brampton Island and out and about on the reef.

The Marine Classroom Program, a joint initiative of Reef Catchments and Wild Mob, allows students in the region with a passion for the marine environment to learn about marine science and conservation by getting their hands dirty conducting research and undertaking works with qualified scientists.

The program offers an unmatched opportunity for young people to connect with their islands, coast and marine environment. With a focus on science and conservation, the trips highlight real issues that are both relevant to the region and in line with high school curriculum. Four trips were delivered in 2015/16 and two additional schools, Mirani State High School and St Catherine’s Catholic College are participating in the six trips scheduled to take place in 2016/17.

The program encourages students to act as real scientists, conducting valuable research with the ‘Eye on the Reef’ and ‘Coral Watch’ programs. Students also undertake weed identification and removal in endangered beach scrub communities, conduct transect monitoring and remove and analyse marine debris from critical turtle nesting beaches!

Monitoring Organisation Reef Catchments

Name Katrina Dent

Phone 4968 4207

Email katrina.dent@reefcatchments.com

Position in organisation General Manager

Activity Type educational initiatives (e.g. schools programs, community initiatives)

Activity Indicators water quality in inshore marine zones

Activity location Central inshore zone

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/06/2015

30/07/2016

Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

Website URL http://reefcatchments.com.au/coasts-marine/marine-classroom-program/

Collaborators Wild Mob

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