This week, 10 teachers from across Queensland will be getting their feet wet and immersing themselves in marine education at the inaugural ReefED Specialist workshop.
Delivered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian Schools program, the workshop will further develop marine teachers’ knowledge of the Reef and deliver specialised training in the Authority’s official citizen science program, Eye on the Reef.
Marine Park Authority Education, Stewardship and Partnerships Director Fred Nucifora said the ReefED program was vital in enhancing marine education across Queensland.
“Senior marine science school syllabus spends a large portion of time on marine systems, so it is imperative teachers have a strong understanding of the Great Barrier Reef and how they can play a part in its protection,” he said.
“Through this specialised ReefED training, teachers will learn how to use the Eye on the Reef program to achieve their curriculum outcomes while gathering valuable marine data.”
Being held at Reef HQ Aquarium, teachers will receive world-class in-water training to gather data on the Reef and understand how this data informs management decisions.
“Enhancing marine education with citizen science opportunities connects teachers and students to the bigger picture of marine management and enables everyone to play their part in protecting the Great Barrier Reef,” Mr Nucifora said.
Attendees will also hear from the Marine Park Authority’s Chief Scientist to gain a better understanding of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and learn about Reef HQ Aquarium’s state-of-the-art education outreach program.
The Eye on the Reef program is a reef monitoring and assessment program that enables anyone who visits the Great Barrier Reef to contribute to its long-term protection.