Learning and TeachingGrowing passion and understanding of Queensland’s biodiversity
Learning and Teaching
A key objective of the Trust is the provision of information and research on Queensland’s natural environment, and education that is grounded in science. QTFN has a growing number of programs delivering professional training and education in biodiversity and conservation to university and school students on QTFN properties.
A strategic education partnership with the Wonder of Science, has enabled us to enhance the potential of Avoid Island and Aroona Station – re-purposing these unique environments as real-world classrooms. Programs delivered under this partnership provide Queensland students with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to receive vital nature-based education delivered on conservation properties dedicated to the protection of threatened species.
We are working together to provide positive educational experiences promoting STEM culture which is critical to understanding challenges to Queensland’s biodiversity.
Camp Koala funded is funded by the Commonwealth Bank and delivered annually at Aroona, providing Year 6 students with real-world classroom experience in the way’s ecologists collect biodiversity data, aimed at improving ecological understanding of the koala. Led by QTFN ecologists and a team of Wonder of Science Young Science Ambassadors, the budding scientists go hiking to collect ecological data, learn how to spotlight to find nocturnal animals and how new technologies are supporting conservation.
Camp Koala forms part of a term-long program in combination with implementation of STEM curriculum subjects, and students working in small teams to develop a response to the challenge explored during the camp: how can we better balance agriculture, wildlife
management and human habitation in South East Queensland?
Flatback Bivouac: rewarding and unforgettable
Since 2016, Flatback Bivouac has been offered to secondary students at Avoid Island, delivered in conjunction with the Wonder of Science program. Avoid Island transforms into a real-world classroom, providing hands-on learning alongside professional scientists, observing turtles laying, scientific data collection and recording techniques.
Witnessing the amazing life cycles of flatback turtles first hand, is a catalyst for enhanced engagement in biodiversity management and marine science. Students who attend Flatback Bivouac develop deep understanding of the pressures on marine ecosystems and how we can protect them.
Brush-tailed rock wallaby Research
University of Queensland Honours student, Kiarra Field studied predation on the threatened brush-tailed rock-wallabies by foxes, feral cats and dogs for her research project.
This research will help us enhance threatened species management at Aroona and pioneer wildlife conservation strategies in Queensland. Real-life conservation projects like this one demonstrate the potential for collaboration between research students and QTFN.
Find Out More About the Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby
Southern Great Barrier Reef marine research
QTFN’s work on at Avoid Island supports university researchers, schools and volunteer expeditions. We are all working together to ensure survival of marine species on the Great Barrier Reef.
An ongoing collaboration with leading marine scientist, Dr Nancy Fitzsimmon from Griffith University, funded by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, allows researchers to collect accurate data about the life-cycle and movements of the flatback turtle. This important survey runs for the entire nesting season each year from October until March.
For the first time in 2016-17 researchers fitted satellite trackers to flatback turtles to build information about the movements of our somewhat elusive visitors.