Students at Dargaville Intermediate have been taking part in an Experiencing Marine Reserves programme over term one and recently presented their action projects as the final stage of the programme.
The programme, which is supported by Foundation North, began with a classroom presentation where students learned about marine biodiversity before they visited the Goat Island Marine Reserve to snorkel, as well as the Marine Discovery Centre.
“The experience they get at our oldest marine reserve at Goat Island is invaluable to the student’s learning,” said EMR coordinator, Isabel Krauss.
“You can only teach them so much in the classroom, but getting out there and seeing big snapper and large schools of fish in a lush kelp forest is priceless.” The last stage of the programme focussed on taking action in the community and marine conservation. Students Danielle Norman and Ema Smith raised $208 selling cupcakes as a fundraiser to help protect the critically endangered Maui dolphins.
As a reward for this work, Danielle represented the school on the annual EMR trip to the Poor Knights Islands on May 18.
Students also handed out 150 flyers to the public to raise awareness about plastic bags and class-created displays, posters and presentations. Other students picked up rubbish and arranged a nine-kilometre run to raise money.