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Partnership Promotes Derwent Estuary Science Education

17 November 2014

The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) and Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery Rangers are combining forces to bring the diversity of the Derwent estuary into schools and the wider community.

Information about the Derwent’s wetlands, saltmarshes and rocky reefs is now available online for teachers and students to use in the classroom and out in the field.

Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service Discovery Rangers have expertise in delivering science in a fun and informative way and will use the DEP’s resources at local primary schools.

Ursula Taylor, Communications Officer for the DEP said this partnership is an excellent example of sharing expertise to deliver locally collected science to the community.

“The Derwent is a fascinating and diverse system and having the opportunity to work with the PWS Discovery Rangers to share our knowledge is fantastic,” Ms. Taylor said.

“There are wetlands, saltmarshes and rocky reefs on Hobart’s doorstep that support an amazing array of birds, fish and even marine mammals and up until recently teacher resources on many of these topics have had to be sourced from elsewhere, including interstate."

“The Discovery Rangers have helped us adapt our information so that students can better engage with the experience and therefore learn more,” explained Ms. Taylor.

PWS Discovery Ranger Richard Hale said the partnership with the DEP was also valuable for the Discovery Rangers.

“It’s great to share scientific resources about our local environment and the strength of the Discovery Rangers is finding creative ways to use this information to connect with their audience,” Mr. Hale said.

“Today I will worked with Rosetta Primary School students visiting Goulds Lagoon. I talked about why wetlands are known as filters and how so many birds, fish and invertebrates come live there.”

Goulds Lagoon is situated north of Hobart off the Main Road between Austins Ferry and Granton.

Teachers or students interested in using the DEP classroom and outdoor resources themselves can find them online by clicking here to go to the DEP webpages

For further information about the PWS Discovery Ranger program click here to go to the Parks website

Background

The Derwent Estuary Program (DEP) is a regional partnership between local governments, the Tasmanian state government, industries, scientists and community-based groups to restore and promote our estuary. The DEP was established in 1999 and has been nationally recognised for excellence in coordinating initiatives to reduce water pollution, conserve habitats and species, monitor river health and promote greater use and enjoyment of the foreshore.

The DEP's major sponsors include: Brighton, Clarence, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy, Hobart and Kingborough councils, the Tasmanian State Government, Nyrstar Hobart, Norske Skog Boyer, TasWater, TasPorts and Hydro Tasmania.