Coasts & Marine

Marine Classroom Appeal: Supporting local schools and the local environment

Volunteers access the island by Wild Cat's tender

Marine Classroom Appeal: Supporting local schools and the local environment

For students interested in marine science, you couldn’t choose a better place to go to school than Mackay & the Whitsunday’s.

With the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef on their doorstep, Mackay’s science students have a unique opportunity to learn in one of the world’s most remarkable outdoor classrooms.

Stunning beaches, tropical islands and coral reefs teeming with life are all within easy reach of Mackay’s high schools, but these natural environments are also in need of protection.

Wild Mob has partnered with Reef Catchments to offer Mackay’s high schools an educational program that is fully aligned to the Marine Science Syllabus and also helps to protect local beaches, islands and underwater environments.

By facilitating school field trips to locations such as Brampton Island, St Bees Island and the Goldsmith Islands, the organisations aim to encourage a love of marine science while also helping to restore Mackay’s critical coastal and island habitats.

With all courses tailored to a school’s individual needs, the program takes the hassle out of organising field trips, thus supporting time-poor teachers while ensuring a safe, fun and educational experience for students.

Wild Mob’s experienced field guides take students and teachers camping in these beautiful environments, where students receive hands-on conservation science experience in areas as diverse as coastal regeneration, inter-tidal reef surveys, marine debris and invasive species management.

Wild Mob has many years of experience conducting educational field trips for thousands of high school and university students in some of Australia’s most beautiful locations.

These include Kings Run in Tasmania, Lamington National Park in Southeast Queensland, Avocet Nature Reserve in Central Queensland, and the Wollemi National Park in New South Wales.

The Mackay Marine Classroom Appeal is a way for the Mackay community to support its young people while also protecting its precious coastal environment.

It is a truly local program, in which we hope to involve not just schools, but also local businesses, local media, the local council and the whole Mackay community.

Help us nurture Mackay’s students and its magnificent natural environment by supporting the Mackay Marine Classroom Appeal. Visit www.wildmob.org to find out how, or contact Lydia Gibson on lydia@wildmob.org or 0414 873 231.

Student & GPS Students of the marine classroom in Mackay and the Whitsundays