Secondary School Program

The EcoMarines Secondary School Program empowers students to become conservation leaders within their schools and local communities.

Our programs and events enable students and teachers to network with other education providers, connect with local businesses, and learn from industry experts. Through our resources, activities, competitions and events, our EcoMarines Ambassadors have the skills, the knowledge and the confidence to influence their local communities to make positive environmental behaviour change.

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Secondary School Snapshot

Fosters student leadership and peer-to-peer education
Inclusive program resources that allow tailoring to individual school’s needs
Wider community involvement through events throughout the year
Resources and activities cover a range of relevant sustainability themes, such as waste reduction, food waste and recycling
Opportunities for students and teachers to network and connect with businesses, government and industry experts
99% of teachers would recommend the EcoMarines Program to another teacher

How it works

1. Getting Started!

Passionate secondary teachers are welcome to register their schools for our free Secondary School Program. As the EcoMarines Teacher, you will help to facilitate your school’s involvement and encourage students to take part, by organising meetings with Ambassadors and chaperoning students at events. You will also have access to our suite of online resources and a range of events to support you throughout the program.

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2. Appoint EcoMarines Ambassadors

Each EcoMarines secondary school appoints student Ambassadors to become the environmental leaders of their schools. Students from any grades are encouraged to apply to become an Ambassador or the Ambassador position can be incorporated into the school’s existing leadership roles. Students who aren’t ambassadors are welcome to join the ‘Support Crew’ assisting the Ambassadors' activities and initiatives.

3. Workshop Meeting

Upon completing selection of Ambassadors, our EcoMarines team would be delighted to meet them! This is a great opportunity to discuss their environmental project ideas for the year ahead and get them inspired.

4. Online Resources

You and your Ambassadors will have access to our suite of online resources, with everything you might need to help your school succeed with their sustainability journey. Examples include:
  • Step-by-step project and competition guides

  • Posters, videos, flyers, templates etc.

  • Case studies of other school’s projects

  • Links to third party organisations‘ resources and offerings

5. Events

Throughout the school year, EcoMarines host networking and education events, such as:
  • Training Day event for Ambassadors to network, hear from industry experts and participate in environmental workshops hosted at a special environmental location

  • Community events for EcoMarines friends and family

  • End-of-year celebration event to highlight the amazing work that our Ambassadors and teachers have accomplished

6. Celebrate and Repeat

Our programs run throughout each school year....and then we do it all over again. Schools appoint new ambassadors each year which helps with long term behaviour change and projects in schools.


We organise 4 events throughout the year to build our community. Two are on school days (organised through the school) and the others are on weekends (organised directly with parents).

None of our events are mandatory, but you won’t want to miss them!

Ambassador Training Day

Date: Early Term 2
Who: 1 x teacher and 4 x ambassadors
Where: Tangalooma Island Resort

All EcoMarines schools go to Moreton Island to meet each other, share ideas, learn about our environment and plan activities to do throughout the year!

The Wave

Date: Middle Term 2
Who: Principals, Teachers, ambassadors, support crew, sponsors, media and dignitaries
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

The Wave is our big end of year celebration to recognize the amazing work our EcoMarine schools do to protects our marine wildlife and environments!

Care For Country

Date: Weekend in July/August
Who: Teachers, ambassadors, support crew and their families
Where: SEQ Region

Our Care 4 Country event is part of the Quandamooka Festival celebrating the Aboriginal culture, country and people of Moreton Bay. Attendees meet Aboriginal elders, create artwork and participate in traditional story telling and ceremonies.

Clean-Up Australia Day

Date: Weekend in March on National Clean Up Australia Day
Who: Teachers, ambassadors and their families (numbers limited)
Where: Locations vary year to year

We hold a Clean Up Australia Day event to reduce the amount of litter ending up in our waterways! Ambassadors, teachers, support crew and family are invited to attend. The event will include a litter collection, presentations and workshops.
"When Cairns State High School began our Environmental Club, it took a long time for us to work through projects we were passionate about.  Being a part of the EcoMarines Foundation has meant that we have support from EcoMarine's Program Coordinators and enormous opportunities to grow our program at Cairns High even further.  EcoMarines provided students and teachers with opportunities  to network and celebrate successes with other schools in the area.  

Thanks to the EcoMarines Foundation for your hard work in Far North Queensland, extensive resources and huge enthusiasm to connect both primary and high schools in our region!"
Amanda Gonzo and Cindy Rohan
EcoMarines Teachers, Cairns State High School
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