Sunday, March 6, 2011

Marine coastal conservation project and student leadership

AUSMEPA has finally launched the eagerly awaited student, teacher and community support materials for marine and coastal conservation projects.. 

Is it time for your students to organise their own exciting coastal conservation project? 

The AUSMEPA website will help students plan their next project. 
  • It is full of new ideas about what kind of innovative projects they can do with community partners. 
  • There is a full communication tool kit to help students run their local community education programs
  • The site provides specific advice for schools wanting to initiate habitat restoration projects.
  • Students are advised about methods for creating digital photographic libraries of their local coastal environment that can have conservation applications in the future

Community groups are also provided with help and advice how best to work with schools and students. It asks community groups to think outside the box and ask students to help them run their public education programs.

This leadership program is designed around helping students identify a coastal conservation project either independently of with a partner. It has a wide range of planning tools to help students understand all the necessary stages that they need to address when planning a project. Throughout their project, students are developing their leadership skills.

The website is divided into sections:                                                                                                                 
  1. Start here: provides students with a summary and checklist for deciding on a project and planning it.
  2. Students: this is a detailed reference section for students to dip into at the different stages of organising their project.
  3. Teachers: assists teachers in supporting their students through the process and provides advice about building in student wellbeing issues that may relate to school policy.
  4. Community: is designed to help community groups develop partnerships with schools.
  5.  Photo survey: provides procedures for students using digital cameras and GPS units to make libraries of conservation images for future use.
  6. Revegetation: suggests some methods specific to schools for organising a revegetation project.
To access these free materials click here

Project Sponsored by Caring for our Country

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