MarineDiscoveryWest, the Department of Fisheries' community and schools education program, operates at the Naturaliste Marine Discovery Centre (NMDC) and at many other locations around the State including Busselton, Bunbury and Albany.

Our education team and our Fisheries Volunteers develop and deliver learning programs about WA's unique and fragile aquatic environments, our precious fisheries, the science that underpins management, and, of course, how to fish and live sustainably.

Our learning programs are based on current science and data generated by scientific research, and are supported by the WA Department of Fisheries Research Division and the WA Museum.

The NMDC has been created as a knowledge resource for the community and WA's 360,000 school students. As our knowledge grows and new science emerges multi-media and other exhibit features are continually updated.

A range of hands-on and fun learning activities are also under development that will take you deep into the ocean, beneath the surface of our estuaries, through our freshwater rivers and lakes and behind the scenes of aquatic science as it unfolds.

Schools groups may choose to visit the Discovery Centre for:

  • a self-guided tour to explore the exhibition hall, aquaria and science viewing corridor.
  • a guided tour; or
  • one or more of our curriculum-linked, structured education activities.

Follow this link for bookings and details of group visits, education activities and fees at the NMDC.

All fees are returned to the discovery centre to improve our education programs, exhibits and our service to you.

If you'd like to find out more about MarineDiscoveryWest or the Fisheries Volunteer program, contact Michael Burke on (08) 9203 0342.

For details of regional community and school activities contact:

Southern Region:
Michael Burgess, Community Education Officer - (08) 9752 2152

Gilbert Stokman, Marine Education Officer - (08) 9721 2688

Kylie North, Volunteer and Education Activity Coordinator - (08) 9841 7766

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