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Future Leaders Eco-Challenge

On Tuesday six student leaders went to Wonga Beach State School to participate in the Douglas Future Leader’s Eco-challenge 2016. We arrived with the other schools, Wonga, Miallo, Port Douglas and Daintree.
We met Phil Laycock from the GBRMPA and we went for a walk along the Wonga wetlands.  We had a lucky encounter with a tiny invertebrate called a praying mantis that we kept for a few minutes. Then it started raining and one of the students had an over-dramatic encounter with a green ant.  We retreated to the cover of the school and had morning tea and then ventured through a maze the school had made. We did a water quality test on water from different locations and the results were quite interesting. We participated in a school litter management program with a rather humorous instructor Lisa Goulding from the Douglas Shire Council.  We tried to develop a plan to deal with the lolly wrapper infestation at our school.  Some ways were MUCH better than others, so we settled on educating the kids on healthy eating and to put more bins in the areas.
At lunch time we had a roll and some fruit and a popper to go with it. We then did a Reef Ranger activity where we answered questions about what you can do where on the reef which was fun.  Afterwards, we were chosen to do an activity such as spearfishing and the others had to say if we were allowed to do that activity in that zone of the reef or not.  It was an interesting day learning about our local environment and waterways. A BIG thank you to Phil, Mr Weimar and the Wonga Beach State School for hosting the event.
Reef Guardians, Riley Byrne and Kyle Neilan