Bowen students get involved in local actions to protect the Reef

Published: 17/09/2014

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More than 40 students and teachers from four Reef Guardian schools across the Bowen region swapped the classroom for the outdoors to learn about the amazing biodiversity of the Great Barrier Reef catchment and their role in building healthy ecosystems.

The day-long activities were part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) annual Future Leaders Eco Challenges that raise awareness about how activities on the land can affect the marine environment.

Future Leaders Eco Challenges are about students acting local but thinking global when it comes to addressing threats to the Reef.

Students from Merinda State School, Bowen State School, Queens Beach State School and St Mary’s Catholic School took part in a beach biodiversity investigation and beach marine debris clean up with local Gudjuda Rangers and NQ Dry Tropics staff.

Students the travelled to a nearby the Research Station to learn about research trials on permanent planting beds with the Department of Agriculture, Fishers and Forestry staff.  Student viewed new technologies in biodegradable plastics used on permanent planting beds.

As part of the Future Leaders Eco Challenge the students also took part in sustainable farming activities with natural resource management staff and a local Reef Guardian farmer learning about composting and measuring sugar content in farm fresh tomatoes.

GBRMPA’s Reef Guardian Schools program includes 308 schools and over 126,000 students from Torres Strait to Brisbane taking part in Reef education and environmental activities in their local area.


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