Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows - 2015

To help ensure our marine life continues into the future Earthwatch Australia and the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria partnered to send teachers on Earthwatch's Exploring Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The first of these expeditions took place in October 2015, with six teachers selected from schools around Victoria helping scientists from local conservation organisation Healthy Land and Water to figure out exactly how pollutants from Brisbane are affecting Moreton Bay. The teachers acted as field assistants, and helped 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.

Click on the teachers' names below to view the blogs, photos and videos they post during the expedition, or to see the lesson plans and activities they created for students:

Tracey on the boat 300x300          Tracey Gray, from Port Fairy Consolidated School         Megan with sea star 300x300          Megan McKinley, from Rowville Primary School 
Peter with BRUV 300x300          Peter Girolami, from Galen College in Warragul   Day 1 - Jemma adjusting sail on Velella 300x300          Jemma Chaplin, from John Monash Science School
Micah in boat 300x300          Micah Wilkins, from The Mac.Robertson Girls High School   Day 2 - Garrett and Lanie in boat 300x300          Garrett Drago, from Williamstown High School