2017 expeditions

In 2017 twelve teachers from Victoria and New South Wales have had the opportunity to participate in an Earthwatch expedition, while sharing this experience with their students:

Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition

From 31 July - 6 August 2017 six teachers from schools around Victoria will be helping scientists to figure out exactly how pollutants from Brisbane are affecting Moreton Bay. The teachers will act as field assistants, and help the scientists by snorkeling, boating, and wading in the bay, while collecting vital data on the sediment, seagrass, and small fish and marine animals living there to determine how humans are changing the ecosystem. The program is a partnership between Earthwatch Australia and the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria.

Click on the teachers' names below to read their blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research they are undertaking:

Madisson Panozzo, from Brunswick Secondary College

Karoline Walter, from St Michael's Grammar School

Rebecca Anthony, from Korumburra Secondary College

Ellen Glover, from Broadford Secondary College

Andre Chadzynski, from Ivanhoe Girls'Grammar School

Peter Gray, from Glen Waverley Secondary College

Earthwatch acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program.

Australia's Changing Islands expedition

From the 20 - 27 May 2017 six teachers from across New South Wales will travel to St Bees Island in north Queenslland to act as research assistants on Earthwatch's Australia's Changing Islands expedition.

Click on the teachers' names below to read their blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research they are undertaking:

Kate Sommerville, from Bellingen Public School

Brett Bennett, from Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour

Greg McCroary, from Bringelly Public School

Leah Anforth, from Orama Public School in Thora

Robyn Julian, from St Scholastica's College in Glebe

Jacqueline Thomas, from Victoria Avenue Public School in Concord West

Following the expedition the teachers will be using their new scientific research skills to engage their students in environmental monitoring projects in partnership with local land managers, as part of the Protecting New South Wales bushland through citizen science project.

The project and expedition are funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation [Eldon & Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2016]. To find out more about the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation go to https://www.lmcf.org.au.

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