TeachWild - A journey of discovery

Marine debris is one of the greatest threats to Australias unique marine ecosystems. Wildlife entanglement, drowning and increased pollution in the marine food chain, are just some of the growing challenges currently faced. While researchers have identified some animals that are heavily impacted by marine debris - such as sea turtles in the north of Australia and seabirds nesting on offshore islands - there is still a lack of quantitative data to describe the sources of debris.

TeachWild is an innovative national partnership between Earthwatch, CSIRO and Founding Partner Shell Australia to gather the data needed to bridge the information gap and tackle the global issue of marine debris. Teachers, students and Shell employees, lead by scientists from the CSIRO and universities, will gain exposure to the marine debris issue first hand while carrying out fieldwork activities and marine debris research surveys.

The aims of TeachWild

  • Build knowledge, skills and change attitudes to issues impacting ocean health
  • Inspire students to explore their world through science that is relevant to their lives, encourage, motivate and reward innovation in curriculum delivery by teachers
  • Develop the capacity and networks of regional and remote teachers and inspire Shell employees to become environmental champions
  • Help mitigate the risks of marine debris to breeding populations of threatened turtles, seabirds and other marine wildlife

An integrated three year program

TeachWild is a three-year program comprising the following key elements:

  • 7-day immersive learning experience for teachers and Shell employees.
  • Scientist for a Day research and training projects for students, teachers and Shell employees.
  • TeachWild online resources to provide teachers and students with access to the cutting-edge scientific modelling tools, while contributing to a national marine debris database.