Summer PD at the NMDC!

The start of 2009 will see two professional development programs hosted at the NMDC. These programs provide an excellent opportunity for tertiary students, new graduates, primary and secondary teachers, environmental professionals and community members to gain practical experience, knowledge and skills that can be utilised for teaching or in marine environmental education.

Catchments, Corridors and Coasts

Catchments, Corridors and Coasts (CCC) is a three-day professional development program that provides a snapshot of environmental education in WA from catchments, through corridors to the coast. Snorkelling in the ocean, walking in the bush, getting up close and personal with native fauna and sharing experiences with broad scale farmers are just some of the activities you can experience in the action packed CCC program.

The NMDC is hosting the 'At the Coast' day of the CCC program, with a range of activities being held in and around the water during the day. After an introductory session at the NMDC, the action starts with a snorkel at Mettams Pool, followed by sand dune rehabilitation with Coastcare, a touch pool experience with the Nearer to Nature team from Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC). After a trip to AQWA, the day finishes with a tour of the NMDC and an outline of the educational opportunities available at the Centre.

Catchments, Corridors and Coasts is presented by the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE). For more information about CCC, contact Catherine Baudains at

Educators try their hand at sampling fish populations with a seine net at SEE 2008
Educators try their hand at sampling fish
populations with a seine net at SEE 2008

Seaweek Educators' Expo

Seaweek is the Marine Education Society of Australasia's (MESA) major national public awareness campaign. It is held annually to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation of the sea. This year, the theme for Seaweek is 'A climate for change - Education and Action'. One of the key objectives of this year's theme is to focus on ways that people can help protect and preserve our marine and coastal biodiversity from the effects of climate change.

The NMDC will be hosting the 2009 Seaweek Educators' Expo (SEE) on Friday 6 March. SEE is Western Australia's premier education experience for Seaweek. SEE is a fantastic learning and professional development day where participants network with like-minded educators, meet knowledgeable marine and coastal educators and find out the latest in marine education in Western Australia.

The day includes:
  • Keynote speaker on climate change and the marine environment
  • Morning marine adventure workshop
  • Afternoon concurrent workshops
  • Networking opportunities
  • Resource materials
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

For more information about the Expo, contact Michael Burke at the Department of Fisheries on (08) 9203 0342 or

Did you know - Prawn