Tangalooma EcoMarines offers a primary school program for schools based in Southeast Queensland which focuses on the environmental and cultural significance of our local environment.
Each school appoints an EcoMarines teacher and four student ambassadors to lead various environmental activities or 'challenges’ to help conserve our ecosystems.
We provide challenge ideas and resources to inspire the ambassadors to run engaging initiatives within the school and community.
There are also many opportunities for ambassadors and teachers to attend events and network with other schools and community members.
To learn more about the great efforts of our schools in 2019, you can download a copy of our 2019 yearbook below.
"Through participation in this program I have seen my students grow both socially and academically and engage with the world around them. They have become environmentally aware, socially responsible and have grown in confidence. I would highly recommend this program to other schools."
Dawn Clark, Teacher at Park Lake State School
HOW IT WORKS
2. APPOINT ECOMARINES TEACHER
Each schools has at least one teacher who is passionate about the environment and supports the EcoMarines ambassadors.
The EcoMarines teacher/s usually hold weekly meetings with the ambassadors and support crew students to help organise initiatives, challenges and events.
3. APPOINT ECOMARINES AMBASSADORS
Appoint 4 students who are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference!
These works best with year 4, 5 and/or 6 students.
Don't worry, we will support you through this process when the time comes.
4. SCHOOL VISIT & SUPPORT CREW
Once the ambassadors are appointed, we will announce them at assembly with their shirts and explain to the school how the EcoMarines program works.
NOTE: Although there are only 4 ambassadors, most schools include other interested students as 'support crew' who attend the weekly meetings and help run activities in the school.
5. ONLINE KIT
You will be given access to a kit full of ideas, challenges and resources you can use (posters, certificates, videos, etc.
Challenges include: Power of the Port excursion, EcoMarines Event Stall and Waste Warriors art competition!
We organise 4 events throughout the year to build our community. Two are on school days (organised through the school) and the others are on weekends (organised directly with parents).
None of our events are mandatory, but you won't want to miss them!
AMBASSADOR TRAINING DAY
Date: Early term 2
Who: 1 x teacher and 4 x ambassadors
Where: Tangalooma Island Resort
All EcoMarines schools go to Moreton Island to meet each other, share ideas, learn about our environment and plan activities to do throughout the year!
CARE FOR COUNTRY
Date: 15th August for Moreton Bay Regional Council schools OR Saturday 22nd for Brisbane City Council schools.
Who: Teachers, ambassadors, support crew and their families
Where: MBRC - Eatons Hill, BCC - Wynnum
Our Care 4 Country event is part of the Quandamooka Festival celebrating the Aboriginal culture, country and people of Moreton Bay. Attendees meet Aboriginal elders, create artwork and participate in traditional story telling and ceremonies.
Date: Middle term 4
Who: Principals, Teachers, ambassadors, support crew, sponsors, media and dignitaries
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Wave is our big end of year celebration to recognize the amazing work our EcoMarine schools do to protects our marine wildlife and environments!
CLEAN- UP AUSTRALIA DAY
Date: Term 1, TBC
Who: Teachers, ambassadors and their families (numbers limited)
Where: Location TBC
We hold a Clean Up Australia Day event to reduce the amount of litter ending up in our waterways! Ambassadors, teachers, support crew and family are invited to attend. The event will include a litter collection, presentations and workshops.