Tangalooma EcoMarines offers a secondary school program for schools based in Southeast Queensland which focuses on the environmental and cultural significance of our local environment.
Each school appoints an EcoMarines teacher and four to eight student ambassadors to lead various environmental activities or ‘challenges’ to help conserve our ecosystems.
We provide challenge ideas and resources to inspire the ambassadors to run engaging initiatives within the school and community.
There are also many opportunities for ambassadors and teachers to attend events and network with other schools and community members.
To learn more about the great efforts of our schools, you can download a copy of our 2019 yearbook below.
"Through participation in this program I have seen my students grow both socially and academically and engage with the world around them. They have become environmentally aware, socially responsible and have grown in confidence. I would highly recommend this program to other schools."
Dawn Clark, Teacher at Park Lake State School
"The EcoMarines program has been one of my highlights this year. I loved advocating for the environment and going to Tangalooma Island Resort to be educated about it. I've met wonderful people through EcoMarines and I would love to see it happen again next year!"
EcoMarines Secondary School Ambassador, St Joseph's College - Gregory Terrace, 2021
Primary and Secondary Schools in South East Queensland are welcome to join our programs. You’ll just need a teacher (usually someone passionate about the environment!) to run the program and weekly meetings. We’ll provide support, online resources, activities, events and templates.
Please contact us if you would like more information. We are happy to arrange a 30 minute presentation to anyone interested in EcoMarines.
Appoint 4 – 8 students who are passionate about the environment and want to make a difference. These can be students from any grades. It works differently in many schools, and we can help you decide what is right for you.
NOTE: Most schools include other interested students as ‘support crew’ who attend the weekly meetings and help run activities.
Once the ambassadors are appointed, we would love to meet them! We can present them with their EcoMarines shirts at assembly, and/or attend a mentor meeting to help them plan the year ahead.
You will be given access to a kit with:
We host 4 events throughout the year to encourage networking and knowledge sharing.
Two are on school days coordinated with teachers:
The other two events are on weekends for EcoMarines families, students and teachers:
Good work, team! Our programs run throughout each school year… and then we do it all over again.
Schools appoint new ambassadors each year which helps with long term behaviour change and projects in schools.
We organise 4 events throughout the year to build our community. Two are on school days (organised through the school) and the others are on weekends (organised directly with parents).
None of our events are mandatory, but you won’t want to miss them!
Date: Early term 2
Who: 1 x teacher and 4 x ambassadors
Where: Tangalooma Island Resort
All EcoMarines schools go to Moreton Island to meet each other, share ideas, learn about our environment and plan activities to do throughout the year!
Date: Middle term 4
Who: Principals, Teachers, ambassadors, support crew, sponsors, media and dignitaries
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Wave is our big end of year celebration to recognize the amazing work our EcoMarine schools do to protects our marine wildlife and environments!
Date: Weekend in July/August
Who: Teachers, ambassadors, support crew and their families
Where: Wynnum/Manly region
Our Care 4 Country event is part of the Quandamooka Festival celebrating the Aboriginal culture, country and people of Moreton Bay. Attendees meet Aboriginal Elders, create artwork and participate in traditional story telling and ceremonies.
Date: Weekend in March on National Clean Up Australia Day
Who: Teachers, ambassadors and their families (numbers limited)
Where: Locations vary year to year
We hold a Clean Up Australia Day event to reduce the amount of litter ending up in our waterways! Ambassadors, teachers, support crew and family are invited to attend. The event will include a litter collection, presentations and workshops.