Invitation to join the ‘Experiencing Marine Reserves’ programme
The Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) programme empowers schools and communities by providing hands-on experience in the ocean. The programme involves investigating marine biodiversity and the local marine environment before venturing to a fully-protected marine reserve. After this experience, students are able to compare unprotected and protected areas and are encouraged to put their knowledge into action within the community.
The EMR programme is offered to schools in the Northland region during term 4 and term 1. The programme focuses on year 7 & 8, but can also adapt to year 5 & 6 and high school level. EMR can also offer a unit standard for snorkelling (4383, costs apply).
Being part of the programme would involve a classroom introduction to marine biodiversity and conservation, a field trip to the local marine area, a field trip to a fully-protected marine area (Leigh Marine Reserve), associated classroom work and an action orientated activity within the community.
The Experiencing Marine Reserves programme offers:
Free access to marine conservation video’s and CD ROM’s
Free EMR manual (including marine curriculum unit and activities)
Free posters, brochures and relevant information for your school to keep
Free marine biodiversity and conservation presentation
Free coordination/organisation of field trips to local and fully protected marine areas
Free Snorkel Instructor
Free expert marine advice
Free curriculum and safety management planning with teachers involved
Free coordination of volunteers to assist on field trips and snorkel instruction
Use of snorkel equipment and wetsuits for $1 per student per field trip to help fund replacements.
Note: Under the current funding situation, the above services can all be offered free of charge to Northland Schools. However, if this situation changes, EMR coordinators reserve the right to charge schools for the services they provide. Bookings are essential in advance!!!
Ideally 2 classes (or 60 students) per school can participate in coordinated field trips. The school would be required to cover the cost of travel (cost of bus or cost of petrol for cars) and any other associated expenses with regard to field trips, such as food, overnight accommodation if necessary and optional glass bottom boat ride at Leigh marine reserve $7 pp for half hour or $9 pp for 45 min.
The ‘Experiencing Marine Reserves’ programme is a professional marine education programme coordinated in Northland by Samara Nicholas (National director, Whangarei Young Person of the Year, Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader recipient, Bachelor of Applied Science, NAUI Skin Diving Instructor and PADI Divemaster), Kim Boyle (Environmental Management and Conservation Diploma, PADI Open Water Diver and Snorkel Instructor) and Nikki Wakefield (Bachelor of Science and Snorkel Instructor). We are committed to the care and safety of all who we associate with.
To register your school’s interest and arrange initial meeting, please contact Samara Nicholas
by email firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 09 433 8205
or 021 036 2019
. For more info check out www.emr.org.nz
Experiencing Marine Reserves is a programme of the Mountains To Sea Conservation Trust and supported by the Department of Conservation and the Tindall Foundation.