All our programs are tailored to support a chosen unit of study or as specifically requested by our clients.
Our Tertiary Education programs have been developed for specific units of study within a variety Courses (e.g. Marine Biology, Ecology, Coastal Environments, Environmental Science etc.). We can also tailor By participating in a “Coral Reefs” program, students gain a comprehensive understanding and awareness of the importance of reef ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of coral and other reef animal skeletons to pass around (incursions).
All Tertiary in-class presentations and field trips to coral reef environments come with complimentary assessable work-booklets, which are tailored to the requirements of an institution. Our field trips allow for an in-depth, methodical and structured investigation of coral reef environments. Alternatively, virtual “Coral Reefs” investigations allow students who are unable to participate in a field trip to gain a basic understanding of coral reef ecosystems through a well-designed in-class presentation.
Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Coral Reefs” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.
8:00 Tour group pick-up Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of
passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from institutions and airports.
8:45 Arrive at marina to board your vessel to the reef! Snorkel gear will be delegated before students enter the
boat and a safety briefing will be delivered on board.
10:00 Activity Session 1 Introductory snorkel. Students will be briefed on snorkelling techniques and assisted
with the identification of marine organisms in the reef community.
11:30 Enjoy a buffet lunch on board the catamaran.
12:30 Activity Session 2 Coral Watch field work. Students will be briefed on the use of Coral Watch equipment
(developed by Reef Check Australia) to measure the level of bleaching in corals on different parts of the
reef. They will then use the same techniques to collect primary data for both their field reports and an
online database sustained by citizen science.
13:30 Activity Session 3 Second round of field data! Students will randomly place 20m transects over the reef
system. One student will follow the transect, taking photos of the substrate every 2m. These photos can be
used to calculate statistics such as percentage coral cover, relative abundance of corals and population
density of corals using the software, Coral Point Count with excel extensions (CPCe).
14:30 Activity Session 4 Talk from a Coral Watch ambassador and marine biologist. The students will learn
about how the data they collected is assisting scientists to monitor the state of the reef, and how this data
can be used to ensure the sustainable management of the ecosystem.
15:00 Depart destination for marina
16:00 Arrive at marina for immediate departure to institution or airport
16:45 Arrive at institution or airport at required time