Welcome to Ambassador Parents
Your child has been chosen to be an ‘i sea, i care’ Ambassador!
This is an amazing leadership opportunity for them to express their environmental passion and promote our marine environment to the wider school community.
The Dolphin Research Institute has been running this award-winning marine education program since 2001. Over 4,000 students have been Ambassadors, and have learnt about our living marine treasures and that they’re too precious to lose!
Your child’s school will be part of a regional group of up to 29 schools. The total number of schools is 111, which means around 450 Ambassadors in 2017 alone. They are part of a growing network of young environmental champions that cover the eastern and bayside suburbs and Greater Geelong down to the surf coast. Thanks to the councils in the City of Bayside, Casey, Dandenong, Kingston, Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Catholic Education Office for their support.
The Ambassadors attend four workshops during the year. Each has a specific theme; marine treasures, catchments, peer teaching and coastal management. After the workshop the Ambassadors will be expected to present what they have learnt and experienced back at school. Many Ambassadors are inspired to write songs, plays and make videos or prepare displays for the school to see. They can send us photos and videos to upload on our new Ambassadors Gallery blog to share ideas. You can check out the website too for workshop information and updates and you are very welcome to attend workshops* and help out or just enjoy learning what your child is doing and what the program is all about.
*(Boat trip numbers are limited)
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Ambassadors share their enthusiasm and knowledge to their peers, younger classes in their schools, and beyond! Self-confidence, maturity and leadership skills are all part of being 'i sea i care' Ambassadors.
Ambassadors learn first hand about our living marine treasures when they go on a boat trip in either Port Phillip or Western Port.
Ambassadors learn that no matter where you live in a catchment, our litter can end up in the marine environment. They attend a stormwater pollution trap being cleaned out - and see the amount of rubbish removed.
Working bees are an opportunity for the Ambassadors to give back to the environment about which they have been learning.