Learning and Teaching

Growing passion and understanding of Queensland’s biodiversity

Learning and Teaching

We work with education providers to grow the next generation of land managers and ecologists. We do this by providing locations and support for research and science-based education.

Important education partnerships underpin QTFN’s growing number of unique education experiences. As well as the real-world classroom environment we give to Queensland school students, we encourage higher education research students to undertake scientific projects at our properties.

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Camp Koala

In 2018, with financial support from CommBank, 20 Year 6 students from the Logan area gained unique experience of jobs in wildlife ecology and hands on work to ensure survival of koala populations at Camp Koala. Highlights of Camp Koala were spotting an endangered brush-tailed rock-wallaby, watching koala detection dog Taz perform and seeing a Mahogany Glider at the Hiddenvale Wildlife Centre. Camp Koala will be held annually at Aroona until 2020.

QTFN and Wonder of Science are working together to ensure students from all parts of Queensland have the opportunity to learn in real­world classrooms.

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Flatback Bivouac: Unforgettable and rewarding

The Flatback Bivouac runs annually at our Avoid Island nature refuge.

Delivered in conjunction with Wonder of Science (WoS), the camp gives students hands-on experiences alongside professional scientists, observing turtles laying, scientific data collection and recording techniques.

This rewarding and unforgettable experience embeds interest in scientific research, conservation land management and marine ecology in students’ lives.

Hear from some students who have been on Flatback Bivouac – video
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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.

Watch Kiarra spot her first BTRW at Aroona – videoFind out more about AroonaFind out more about BTRWFind out more about our education partners

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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.

Find out more about Avoid IslandFind out more about Flatback turtlesFind out more about our education partners

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