Principal gets involved in Coast Guardians


It was all hands on deck last month as Geelong Lutheran College helped plant 50 dune stablising plants at Whites Beach.

Geelong Lutheran College Campus Principal Barry Krueger was one of the first teachers to set up the long-standing partnership between the school and Great Ocean Road Coast’s education programs.

Mr Krueger said whilst he was hands on setting the partnership up, he hadn’t had much of a chance to get back to the coast and enjoyed being hands on again.

Barry Krueger working with Coast Guardians
Campus Principal Barry Krueger gets hands on helping plant dune stabilising plants at Whites Beach.

“I enjoyed coming down [last month]. The program is certainly more developed with the educational input and the rejuvenation [of the sites] amazing to see,” he said.

Geelong Lutheran College has been part of the Great Ocean Road Coast’s environmental education program for the past 6 years, working to plant, mulch, weed and learn about the different coastal environments at Whites Beach.

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The group of students from Geelong Lutheran College participating in the current Coast Guardians program.

As part of the session the group explored the intertidal zone on the Torquay Surf Beach and Rocky Point, examining how creatures survive the harsh conditions and the analyse the various ‘treasures’ washed ashore.

 

The Coast Guardians group also conducted more monitoring of the shifting sands at Whites Beach, in a study of the sand movements over the seasons and years along the coast.

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At Great Ocean Road Coast, we believe education is fundamental to the ongoing protection of our iconic coastline. As a consequence, we have invested heavily in the program to date and offer schools, groups and individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn and experience hands-on learning activities on the coast. Our highly-experienced education team equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand, respect and protect the stunning Great Ocean Road coastline. More info on our website.

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