Do you and your students want to help protect the Great Barrier Reef and other important marine environments for the future?
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is offering schools throughout Australia the opportunity to be involved in an exciting and innovative educational program. The Reef Guardian Schools Program encourages schools to commit to the protection and conservation of the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef.
All schools in Australia, no matter where they're located, can have some impact on the Great Barrier Reef and other coral reefs around the world. Marine ecosystems are all connected in some way, so even if your school is thousands of kilometres from the Great Barrier Reef learning to live, work and play in a sustainable way will help to protect your local waterways and the Great Barrier Reef.
Reef Guardian Schools help to protect the Reef by promoting their ideas, initiatives and activities to communities to encourage all people to "do their bit to look after it!"
By being involved, your school will have a range of new ideas, opportunities and resources for teaching activities at your fingertips. The Program focuses on the areas of:
The Reef Guardian Schools Program is recognised throughout Queensland as one of the leading environmental education programs.
If your school is up to the challenge, register now!!
Sixty three students and 15 teachers from 13 schools in the Cassowary Coast region joined together for the Cassowary Coast Reef Guardian School Future Leaders Eco Challenge.
The theme of the 2012 FLEC was "Inshore Great Barrier Reef: Bursting with Biodiversity". The students and teachers participated in 3 activities during the day.
Students from Reef Guardian Schools in Ingham and Cardwell are being enlisted to protect plants, animals and habitats near the shoreline of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
More than 45 students from four schools will take part in the day-long Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's 2012 Future Leaders Eco Challenge which includes hands-on activities and field trips.
On Wednesday 7 September 2011, students from Six Reef Guardian Schools from the Cassowary Coast Region joined together to do a clean up in the area of Rotary Park and the adjacent Wongaling beach as part of their 2011 Future Leaders Eco Challenge (FLEC).
In school terms three and four of 2009, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) delivered 14 student environmental learning events across the State. These events, called the Future Leaders Eco Challenge (FLEC), were delivered in partnership with regional stakeholders, environmental agencies and groups.
The Future Leaders Eco Challenge is a series of annual events organised by the GBRMPA for Reef Guardian Schools across the State. Reef Guardian Schools have made a commitment to implement sustainability practices into their schools and work with their communities to look after their local environment. Currently there are over 200 Reef Guardian Schools across Queensland.
Each year all Reef Guardian Schools are invited to participate in their local FLEC. This year 88 schools participated in 14 FLECs held across the State. The FLECs, entitled "Kids Combating Climate Change", were mostly in the form of 'travelling roadshows' where the students participated in a number of different hands-on environmental activities in different locations. Activities included tree planting, water quality monitoring, macro-invertebrate sampling, environmental arts and beach clean ups.
FLECs in 2009 were held in Ayr, Gympie, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Yeppoon, Mackay, Whitsundays, Townsville, Bowen, Port Douglas, Cairns, Cooktown, Tully and Innisfail. Almost 500 students and teachers participated, together with over 30 stakeholder groups across the State.
Click here to download the FLEC 2009 Report.
On Friday the 16th of October, students from the Reef Guardian Schools in the Cape York area joined together to clean up the North Shore of Cooktown as part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian School's Future Leaders Eco Challenge day.