LEARNZ Sustainable Seas Virtual Field Trip for school students

Students on a estuary

Last week (4-8 March) the Sustainable Seas team were in Nelson on a LEARNZ virtual field trip.  Sustainable Seas researchers talked to students from over 100 schools around New Zealand about ecosystem-based management, kaitiakitanga of the marine environment, ecosystem services and tracking plastics in our oceans.  


The field trips are an opportunity for primary and secondary school students to engage one to one with scientists.  Field trips are free, and teachers have access to all the films and resources produced during the field trip. 

Field trips also give researchers experience in front of the camera working on science communication skills.  Together with the LEARNZ crew, the researchers produced 13 short films which are all available on the LEARNZ website

In the daily web conference our researchers were quizzed by primary school students everything including threats to the world’s oceans, New Zealand marine ecosystems and whale strandings. 

On Wednesday 30 students from Hampden Street Primary School joined Dana Clark (Cawthron Institute), Regan Fairlie (Manaaki Te Awanui) and Sam Thomas (University Otago) on the Nelson estuary.   The students learnt how to sample,  measure and count cockles and learnt about the role of cockles in maintaining a healthy ecosystem. 


Date posted: 13/03/2019