Education teams off to a flying start

The education team is off to a flying start in 2016 with more than 10 different schools and universities from all over Victoria participating in GORCC’s free education programs.

Students enjoy a wide variety of coastal focused activites in GORCC’s environmental education programs. Photo: Ferne Millen Photography

GORCC offers schools and groups the opportunity to engage in hands on learning opportunities that equip students with the knowledge and skills to work with, understand, respect, protect and enhance their beautiful coastal surroundings.

More than 400 students have participated in GORCCs education programs this term, performing a variety of conservation activities along the coast.

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The area at Whites Gap has been revegetated by the Geelong Lutheran College year 9 students as part of the GORCC environmental education program.

GORCC Education Coordinator Pete Crowcroft said the practical, outdoor classroom was a fantastic way to engage students and demonstrate the importance of coastal conservation.

“Students are able to apply classroom knowledge in a practical way allowing them to visually see the positive impacts their work has on the coast,” he said.

The ‘Coast Guardians’ program is one of GORCC’s ongoing education programs which has introduced year 9 students from four local and regional schools to the wonders of the GORCC coastline.

GORCC Education Activity Leader Hilary Bouma said the Coast Guardians program enabled students from the four schools to have a sense of ownership over the conservation sites now and into the future.

“The Coast Guardians program provides each school with a particular area along the Great Ocean Road which gives students a sense of ownership and responsibility for the area.

“Our education programs aim to relate the work undertaken in the classroom to the on the ground practical element of conservation, linking subjects such as science, outdoor education and community volunteering,” she said.

GORCC’s environmental education programs are free for schools or groups and are tailored to suit individual group needs and requirements.

For more information on the environmental education programs GORCC offers, visit the website.

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