Biodiversity in Schools

Workshops for Schools – Term 4, 2022

The Biosphere Foundation has a small team of experienced educators, passionate about bringing the magic of the Western Port World Biosphere Reserve to life for students across the region. As a not-for-profit organisation, we work to raise awareness of the unique area we live and work in, which is recognised internationally by the UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve program and the Ramsar International Convention for Migratory Shorebirds, and strive to deliver projects and programs aligned with our three core values:

We offer workshops on these topics to all schools situated in the Biosphere Reserve boundary of the Mornington Peninsula, Frankston, Cardinia, City of Casey, and Bass Coast, including French Island and Phillip Island and these can be delivered as incursions or excursions. Workshops are delivered at a cost of $15 per student, excluding transport costs (minimum numbers apply). See below for details.

 

Climate Action

Blue Carbon – 2022 has seen the initiation of our latest Climate Action project, in partnership with the Blue Carbon Lab, Deakin University, to map the blue carbon ecosystems of Western Port. Blue carbon ecosystems include mangroves, saltmarsh, and seagrass meadows, and have been tipped as having enormous potential in the race to mitigate against the worst effects of climate change.

We are offering schools the opportunity to learn about these ecosystems in an interactive and immersive workshop from one of our experts. You have the chance to either meet us at a beach to explore the wonder of blue carbon habitat, or we can bring the ecosystem to you as a fun-filled incursion with plenty of mangroves, seagrasses and other species brought to the classroom.

Please click this link to contact Lucy Kyriacou, Project Science Officer, for more information, or to make a booking.

 

 

Environmental Protection and Restoration

Migratory Shorebirds – Western Port is recognised through the Ramsar International Convention on Wetlands for its wetland habitats and their importance for the world’s migratory shorebird populations. Every year over 20,000 shorebirds spend their summer in Western Port eating and preparing for the 6000km trip to Siberia where they lay and hatch their chicks, before flying all the way back again. The Biosphere Foundation has a long history of raising awareness about the birds and their flyway routes, as well as on-the-ground conservation work to protect wetland habitats.

We are offering schools the chance to learn about the shorebirds, their flyway routes, food sources and wetland habitats, in a fun and interactive incursion, guaranteed to inspire the next generation of twitchers (bird watchers).

Please click this link to contact Lucy Kyriacou, Project Science Officer, for more information, or to make a booking

 

Sustainable Development

Nature Based Therapy – Western Port is one of just four UNESCO Biosphere Reserves in Australia, making it a very special place to live. UNESCO has set 17 Sustainable Development Goals to help shape a sustainable and ethical global society. SDG 3 is Good Health and Wellbeing and this term we are offering schools the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature through Nature Based Therapy. We have two staff with Advanced Certificates in Nature Based Therapy and they can support your students on a journey of discovery in nature. Activities include, but aren’t limited to, using the senses to tune into the world around, journaling, observing patterns in nature, photography, mindfulness, imaginative play, building shelters, and art using natural materials.

 

Please click this link to contact Lucy Kyriacou, Project Science Officer, for more information, or to make a booking

 

 

We are also able to support and assist in the design and delivery of environmental and sustainability initiatives at your school, for example projects to improve the campus for wildlife and biodiversity, indigenous habitat, and water stewardship, through the international Water Stewardship framework model. These are costed up according to the specific project requirements.

Please click this link to contact Lucy Kyriacou, Project Science Officer, for more information.

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