With funding from Rio Tinto, Reef Catchments organised and ran a Marine Classrooms trip in the Whitsundays for the first time! Another first was the collaboration between Conservation Volunteers Australia and Reef Check Australia, who partnered with Reef Catchments to deliver three jam-packed days of conservation and learning activities on South Molle Island for 16 students from Mackay North High School. We collected 2 rubbish bags full of marine debris and roughly 200kg of weeds from the site.
We would also like to thank ZigZag Whitsundays, Coles and Whitsunday Transit for their kindness in offering discounts and/or vouchers. Your generosity allowed us to make this trip as affordable as possible for the students.
We have another trip planned for around March 2018 with another lucky school from our region. The Marine Classrooms program aims to spread knowledge of coastal and island ecosystems and the threats they face. This hands-on learning style keeps students engaged and ensures that they come away with practical skills. We inspire students and teachers so they will share their knowledge about marine life with other students, schools, families and their community.