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The Northern Territory is diving into Seaweek 2000 with a big splash!!

Junior Rangers will be involved in two Seaweek activities where they will head down to Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Lee Point and discover biodiversity at the beach, take part in a Rockpool Race to see if they can make it back to their Rockpools before the tide goes out, then use their creativity to make their own take-home Seaweek 2000 T-Shirts!!

Dates: Monday 10th April & Tuesday 11th April
Times: 3:00pm - 4:30pm & 2:00pm - 3:30pm

The Junior Ranger Program is a free environmental education program for Territory children aged between 9 - 14 years. Bookings are open to all members, for enquiries please contact Roana Bezuijen on (08) 8999-4565.

Junior Rangers searching for shells at Casuarina Coastal Reserve

What ingredients would you need if you were going to make a "sea soup"? Salt, fish, water, sharks ….?
Territory children will find out as they help make the world's first sea soup at the Palmerston Public Library! Children will help to list the ingredients demonstrating the biodiversity of the sea - and then see if they're up to tasting the creation!! Then they'll see some marine specimens up close and help design a sea mural for the library to go on display.

Date: Wednesday 12th April
Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Bookings are essential; call the Palmerston Public Library on (08) 8935-9999

In conjunction with the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Marine and Coastal Community Network, the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory are organising for four speakers to present talks to the Darwin community on marine issues.

One of the speakers will be Ray Chatto, Conservation Management Officer from the Parks and Wildlife Commission who will be speaking about marine turtles, in particular the flatback turtle. The talk will include slides, overheads and use of preserved specimens.

Date: Wednesday 12th April
Location: NT Museum, theatrette
Bookings are essential please contact the NT Museum on (08) 8999-8201.

Ray Chatto talking about flatback turtles
at Casuarina Beach (1999)

Along with the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Marine and Coastal Community Network, the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory are organising education kits to be sent to all Darwin schools containing information about Seaweek. Support material will include brochures on local marine life such as dugongs and turtles, information on marine websites and more….!

For further details contact Roana Bezuijen on (08) 8999-4565

The Darwin Community Education Unit offers an information service to the wider community who may require assistance in researching materials on Territory fauna and flora.

If you are completing a project on the ocean for Seaweek or anything else feel free to contact us by:

Telephone (08) 8999-4565
Fax, with your contact details on (08) 8999-4558, or email us on roana.bezuijen@nt.gov.au

A great success

Seaweek 2000 was a great success in Darwin with all activities being booked out.

Over Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th April, 40 Junior Rangers took part in fun activities to raise awareness of biodiversity at Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Lee Point.

To warm up the group played a fun game about being dressed appropriately for the beach ...

with Bradley sporting the latest safety apparel as chosen by his winning team!


The group then discussed the safety issues involved in exploring the rockpools before heading off in their assigned pairs with their collecting trays to find out what level of biodiversity was present at the beach.

Helped by parents and staff each pair collected different species of animals and made a mental note of those species seen from afar (birds), and those just too quick to catch - fish!

The Junior Rangers then shared their findings with the group making a list of species and a tally of the numbers found from each species.


There was an amazing array of life amongst the rockpools with the group finding chitons, mudskippers, a variety of shells, crabs, prawns and fish. The general consensus was that biodiversity at this beach was high!

After returning the animals back to their rockpools it was then time for another game - the Rockpool Race where participants took on the role of a rockpool inhabitant and had to try and obtain as much water as possible as the tide went out. Real life scenarios then decided which animals survived or were eaten by hungry seagulls and crabs.


Now thoroughly sandy, wet and exhausted! The group made their way back to the shady picnic area to design their own Seaweek 2000 t-shirts and pillowcases. Children painted the diversity of animals they had seen at the beach and some of their favourite species.

And the result? Some colourful and imaginative designs, a wonderful way to remember the day!

Lots of fun was had at the Palmerston Public Library where 30 children and several parents took part in an action packed Seaweek activity.

The children discussed the types of plants and animals found in the sea and the analogy was made that the sea is like a big salty soup with many different ingredients in it.

A cooking table was set up with a big mixing bowl and various "ingredients" amongst which were included a few "red herrings".

The group called out items that they believed were essential sea soup ingredients including water, sand, sharks, dolphins, turtles, lobsters and more... (note the animal items were not real!!!)

After mixing it altogether the group was asked if they would like to taste the creation. The response was slightly dubious and my culinary skills were treated with a good dose of suspicion!

A pre-prepared electric blue soup was offered to the group, some thought it wonderful and even asked for a second cup! While others felt that they had fulfilled their salt requirements for quite some time.

Next the group had a preserved animal presentation of a slate-pencil sea urchin, starfish and a turtle shell with the features and important role these animals play in the sea highlighted.

The group then shared their favourite creatures with the group and explained a little bit about the animal ad why it was special to them and how we could better care for these animals.


Then finally to bring it altogether the group designed a Seaweek 2000 picture to help other people understand about the biodiversity that is found in our seas.

Children had fun using a variety of craft materials including clay, feathers, crepe paper, and glitter to design crabs, octopuses, stingrays, sea urchins, feather stars, brittle stars, turtles and more..!

The result? A wonderful colourful display for all the public to see and the children to re-visit with their families.

But there was more to come..!

Hosted by the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory, the NT Museum and the Marine and Coastal Community Network a series of lectures were run at the Museum in the evening on Wednesday 12th April for the general public.

Talks covered the history of people and the sea, the distribution and status of marine turtle breeding in the Northern Territory, harbours as havens for invertebrate biodiversity and marine protected areas, the benefits for Northern Australia.

The Northern Territory will be gearing up for an even bigger and better Seaweek next year so stay tuned...!

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