Theme: Marine Parks Save our Seas
Seaweek '92 coordinator: Jan Oliver
Studying MPAs - Marine Protected Areas
Research Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). What are they? What do they protect? How do they protect? Find out what MPAs there are in your state or the whole of Australia. Ask students to work in groups and provide a profile of one MPA. Display thesestudies or present the information to the whole class.
Visit a MPA with a ranger or local guide. Visit again at a different time of day or season eg nocturnal crab watch, full moon high tide.
Talks and Discussion Panels
Develop talks and discussion panels with experts, conservation groups, marine park officers, local users, government officers, local shire councils. Invite them to your school or ask each one to answer a list of questions about MPAs and compare the results.
Set up a library displays of books on MPAs in Australia and the marine life in them.
Create Jigsaw Puzzles
Create jigsaw puzzles on MPAs. Collect calendars, photographs and posters to cut up into puzzles. Put the puzzles in the library or give to a junior class to use.
Educate Through Dance
Devise a kelp dance, crab dance or octopus dance in costume. Perform. Introduce the show with explanation of the marine plant or animal and where it can be found.
Do a supermarket study, find all the products with labels advertising 'protect the sea, environmentally friendly to the sea, dolphin safe etc. Then research the country of origin and the issues concerned.
Zoned Areas in Action
Study one MPA, find out about zoning, regulations etc. Set the classroom up with zoned areas and monitor and discuss the conflicts and issues arising.