Cairns offers students the unique opportunity to learn by exploring some of the world’s most impressive ecosystems. With vibrant reefs and dense rainforests, it’s a place of striking natural beauty.
A school tour to Cairns is a sure way to spark an interest in biological and environmental science. Students will be immersed in different natural systems and learn about the biodiversity of this tropical oasis. Surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, students may not even realise the learning taking place on a deeper level. Students will build an understanding of environmental challenges relevant today and get involved in some community service activities.
Some of the best learning experiences in Cairns include:
Explore coral ecosystems at the Great Barrier Reef
The magnificent Great Barrier Reef covers an area of 348,700 square kilometres and is home to the greatest variety of flora and fauna species found in any one location in the world. Students will get to know this great wonder of the natural world by exploring the marine life around the pristine Fitzroy Island.
Students will meet Marine Biologists and learn about coral reef biology – and how it contributes to our knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Restoration program will show students the practical, tangible and breakthrough solutions that are making positive improvements to the health of the reef.
At the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, students will confront the consequences of pollution, and see how sick and injured turtles are rescued from the reef – and their journey to recovery.
Learn about forest sciences in Daintree Rainforest
Explore one of the world’s most ancient rainforests, the Daintree Rainforest. This unspoiled corner of Australia amazes thousands of travellers with its crystal clear streams and dramatic mountain ranges.
Learn about the biology, ecology and the antiquity of the forest at the Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre and gain a full appreciation of the incredible biodiversity that has earned the Daintree Rainforest UNESCO World Heritage status.
Students will be introduced to the Rainforest Restoration Program by exploring Tin Creek, learning about its significance to local ecosystems and participating in tree planting activities along its banks.
Analyse tree revegetation growth and health rates at James Cook University
The revegetation project lead by James Cook University involves taking growth and health measurements from plants that were planted 10 years ago including tree height, diameter at breast height, tree health, and presence/absence of fruit and flowers. Students will see first-hand how important revegetation is for increasing local biodiversity, creating wildlife corridors, managing salinity, reducing erosion, and offsetting carbon.