I've always loved the ocean - the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, the mesmerising flow and ebb of the water; and of course, the little creatures that scurry around on the beach, ducking and diving, to avoid being trampled … or eaten by a wayward seagull. And, I guess, this is why we all choose to live on the Sunshine Coast. But, in order to continue enjoying our fabulous beach lifestyle, we need to protect our oceans to keep them healthy, so that future generations will also reap the benefits of unpolluted beach-side living.
Are your children in years 7 to 12 and love the ocean as much as I do? Does Marine Science or perhaps Marine Biology come into the conversation at home? Or maybe your offspring are at a loss as to what to study when finishing school? Then the Marine Biologist for a Day workshop might be the way to go and the bonus, is that it's being held during the school holidays.
Our oceans need protecting to keep them so beautiful
The Marine Biologist for a Day workshop is a full day programme that delves into the world of marine science, introducing students to the marine environment whilst engaging students in the science that surrounds our 'fishy' world. This workshop is also ideal to spark the interest of high school students with little or no previous exposure to marine sciences.
Students will be introduced to a diverse selection of marine biology topics, including fish adaptations, dangerous marine animals, shark ecology, echinoderm classification and heaps more, enough to pique their curiosity.
A fully qualified marine biologist will use live touch tanks and preserved marine animals to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the ocean and the creatures that live in it.
Ewww, this might be one for the boys. Get to observe what's on the 'inside', by seeing a scientific fish dissection. Participants will learn about ocean concerns in today's world, like micro plastics, animal ethics and ocean acidification.
In most of the sessions, the students will be split into two groups by age and grade with older students in one group and the younger students in the other.
How awesome will this be! All students will receive a Certificate of Participation - a great 'show 'n tell', when going back to school.
Richard Coward is the presenter at the Marine Biologist for a Day workshop. Richard is a marine biologist/ecologist and is the founder of Ocean Life Education. Before this, Richard was the Curator of Fish at Underwater World, which used to be known as Sea Life Aquarium on the Sunshine Coast. Richard is a father of three and loves to share his passion for the ocean, with enquiring young minds. Richard has very extensive experience, managing exhibits in local and overseas aquariums; working with sharks; seals; penguins; turtles; sea jellies; fish; octopus and invertebrates. Richard has also been involved in research projects such as buoyancy syndrome turtle research, shark research and breeding programmes, as well as whale rescue. Richard has even been featured in Totally Wild television series as well as various news broadcasts. So you can rest assured, that all students to the Marine Biologist for a Day workshop are in very capable hands.
Ocean Life Education's mission 'We will imprint in every Australian a sense of ownership and protectiveness of our oceans, and together we will lead the world in the changes necessary for a healthy planet.'
*Are there age/grade requirements to participate in this workshop?
Yes, the Marine Biologist for a Day workshop is suitable for high school students.
*What time does the day commence and end?
The workshop commences at 9.00am and will conclude at 2.30pm. Students to please arrive at 8.45am for a 9.00am start.
*What to bring?
Lunch, a water bottle, plus plenty of enthusiasm and excitement.
Please note that when booking, there is an option to pre-order a Subway Lunch.
*How can I contact the organiser with any questions?
The Ocean Life Education office can be contacted on office phone (07) 5443-8545 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who knows, a 'day' could become a life-long passion!
The Marine Biologist for a Day's timing is spot-on, especially with the issues being brought to our attention in the world today, with the severe ocean pollution and the devastation being caused to our marine creatures. And what better place to start educating, than with workshops, and with our children. An added bonus … our children might love it so much that marine biology could become the career of the future.