Mountains to Sea Conservation Trust provides the umbrella organisation for the EMR programme in Auckland.
EMR was first piloted in the Auckland region in 2004 at Orakei School, with support from the Department of Conservation (DOC). Since then our school programmes (both full and casual) we have reached 7291 people (data from the 2017/18 season). To check all the schools that have been involved in our programmes click the link below.
Alfriston College Casual Programme T4 2018 - Image by Lorna Doogan
"I learnt that marine reserves house several different types of fish and other kinds of sea life and that they also have some special fish that you wouldn't think existed. I also learnt that they sometimes hold snorkelling trips”
“That there is actually living creatures in the mud at our local beach. And also about barnacles!!”
“That you do have to look after the stuff around the estuary.”
“I learnt that there are quite a bit of interesting topics that are connected to our marine environment.”
Over the past 5 we have grown our community events in Auckland from 2 per season to over 18. Since our first Community Guided Snorkel Day in 2010 we have reached 3446 people through 42 snorkel and kayak events (data from the 2017/18 season). We have grown our range to include all the marine reserves in the Hauraki Gulf through partnerships with Auckland Sea Kayaks and Mission Bay Watersports. We also head to offshore islands like Te Hauturu O Toi - Little Barrier and the Mokohinaus with Gulf Eco Adventures.
For a full list of our events in the Auckland region check out this document.
Torbay Snorkel Day 2018-19 Season - we had a record 328 participants! - Image by Lorna Doogan.
Feedback from participants:
"It was an amazing, enriching and educational activity. I loved it." - Okura Kaitiaki Day 2018-19
"I loved today because there was no boring speeches and cause I like marine life" - Shakespear Snorkel Day 2018-19
"I loved learning about the different species and how friendly the group leaders were. I would love to volunteer when I am older." - Whangateau Snorkel Day 2018-19