The Mackay Marine Classroom aims to reconnect students in the greater Mackay region with the coast and marine environment.
The program organisers believe science should be taught by experience and the Great Barrier Reef and its islands offer just about the best marine studies classroom in the world. In fact the Mackay Marine Classroom is fully aligned with the senior marine science, oceanography and conservation and sustainability curriculums.
Wildmob and Reef Catchments have developed the program to deliver an education experience that cannot be compared to any other. Students have the choice to go on board for a day-trip or for a full four day camp on Brampton Island which include field visits to local beaches. During their time exploring both land and water, students will develop a functional understanding of, and an appreciation for, the coast and marine environment.
Since 2009, Wild Mob has been helping high school students from all over Australia, and university students from all over the world, to learn about marine environments and to help out with habitat restoration on Brampton Island however local students missed out.In 2013 Wild Mob and Reef Catchments joined forces to provide an opportunity for students from the greater Mackay region to participate in a unique experiential education program in their own backyard.
The activities offered by the Mackay Marine Classroom have been developed to align with senior studies including science, marine science, biology, earth science and geography syllabuses. In this way the program remains relevant and is able to engage students from multiple disciplines.
The program can be tailored to meet the needs of particular students or there is a range of lesson plans including
- Coastal processes in the Mackay region
- Charting the impacts of plastics on marine environments
- Concepts in marine ecology and ecological indicators
- Charting the impacts of climate change on coral reefs
The cost to students is heavily subsidised by present contributions from Wild Mob and Reef Catchments and Mackay Marine Classrooms actively seeks contributions from businesses and organisations to further reduce costs.