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Seagrass-Watch Education

Everyone needs an understanding of science to make sense of their world, to make decisions about health and well-being and to engage with an increasingly scientific and technological world. Quality science education provides the foundation for a scientifically literate society. Children are naturally curious and we need to support and nurture their sense of wonder and develop their passion for discovering how the world works.

To this aim, Seagrass-Watch HQ is preparing educational aids to contribute to seagrass and marine conservation education in primary and secondary schools

Below are activity books and an educator’s handbook. Teachers are encouraged to use these documents as part of lessons or extra-curricula activities. All these documents are currently in draft form. You are welcome to download these documents and trial them. We also value your feedback so that we can develop tools which are useful and valuable to the learning experience.



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Activity Book

McKenzie,L.J., Yoshida, R. and Mellors, J. (2008). Seagrass-Watch activity book. Seagrass-Watch HQ, Cairns. 24pp. [5.6Mb]

The activity book is designed for students 12 years and older. It includes a variety of activities from easy to advanced. Activities cover the following topics:
• parts of a seagrass plant
• how to identify seagrass
• the importance of seagrass to marine animals and fisheries

• endangered dugongs and green sea trurtles

• food webs
• how seagrass can be damaged
• how seagrass can be mapped and monitored.



Activity Book - Junior edition

McKenzie,L.J., Yoshida, R. and Mellors, J. (2008). Seagrass-Watch activity book - junior edition. Seagrass-Watch HQ, Cairns. 16pp. [2.2Mb]

The junior edition is for students under 12 years of age. Activities include:
• easy guide to identify seagrass
• the importance of seagrass to marine animals and fisheries

• endangered dugongs and green sea trurtles
• how seagrass can be damaged
• how seagrass can be monitored.



Educators Handbook

McKenzie, L.J. (2008). Seagrass Educators Handbook. Seagrass-Watch HQ, Cairns. 20pp. [1.3Mb]

The Educators Handbook provides detailed information on what seagrasses are, their morphology and anatomy, where they can be found, and how they survive and reproduce in salt water. Information on seagrass habitat and its function, such as sediment stabilisation, food web and nursery areas is provided. Conservation and management options for seagrass habitats are also discussed. The booklet also includes suggested activities for the classroom, field and sports ground.



We value your feedback. Please help us to develop helpful and educational aids to teach the importance of these valuable marine plants.



Contibuting to curricula

In the future, Seagrass-Watch HQ plans to expand it’s educational information, so that it may be incorporated into school curricula, designed to assist students to become lifelong learners. A lifelong learner is:

• a knowledgeable person with deep understanding (understand and use conceptual ideas of science in their everyday lives);

• a complex thinker (identify and solve problems);

• a creative person (generate new ways of viewing or resolving problems to envision possible, probable and preferred futures);

• an active investigator (draw conclusions, answer questions or form generalisations based on the evidence collected);

• an effective communicator (compose and comprehend written, spoken and visual texts that convey information about science);

• a participant in an interdependent world (perform confidently as self-directed individuals to investigate scientific ideas);

• a reflective and self-directed learner (actively participate as informed citizens, exercising stewardship of the environment and acknowledging human responsibility for the impact of the practices of science).




Other educational publications



A guide to the environment and sustainable living for Zanzibar schools and communities.

Prepared by Nell Hamilton, Jokha Omar, Narriman Jiddawi, Anita Walther, Sophia Masuka, Elizabeth Godfrey & David Tanner. Edited by Nell Hamilton.

Learn how we can all help safeguard the natural resources we depend on for a sustainable future for Zanzibar [4.8Mb].

This book is published by Chumbe Island Coral Park in partnership with JAMABECO, supported by the Regional Programme for the Sustainable Management of the Coastal Zones of the Countries of the Indian Ocean (ReCoMap), a programme of the Indian Ocean Commission funded by the European Union.

This book is available online in English and Kiswahili, and can be downloaded free of charge at or email


Teaching handbook mangrove swamp forest ecosystem

Choo Chee Kuang, CC. and bin Zainal, MZ. (2006) Buku panduan pengajaran ekosistem hutan paya bakau (teaching handbook mangrove swamp forest ecosystem). Save Our Seahorses (SOS). 12pp.

Language: malay

Underwater meadows of seagrass

Renom, P., Llobet, T. and Romero, J. (2001) Els prats submarins de Posidònia (Underwater meadows of seagrass). Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament of Medi Ambient. 56pp.

Through the story told by a boy and a fish called Agulla, the story shows underwater meadows of seagrass, what organisms live there, what and how environmental problems have used before this plant. At the end of the story there is a booklet explaining the various aspects of seagrass, including the origin, life cycle, other seagrasses, annual cycle, and trophic relationships in this ecosystem, which compares the forest. The information provided the basis for developing the activities proposed in the teaching guide. Aimed at primary and secondary school.

The story was published in Catalan, French, Arabic and Spanish.

Underwater meadows of seagrass (Catalan) [1.9 Mb]
The Herbiers posidonie sous-marine (French) [3.60 Mb]
Las submarine meadows of Posidonia (Spanish) [5.7 Mb]
Underwater meadows of seagrass (Arabic) [17.9 Mb]

This guide is also available at Click Here


Dugong and Marine Turtle Teaching Resource and Information Package

Torres Strait Regional Authority’s Land and Sea Management Unit (TSRA LSMU). (2009)

Dugong and Marine Turtle Teaching Resource and Information Package. North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance’s Dugong and Marine Turtle Project, Darwin.

This guide is also available at

Dhyum the Dugong

Fuentes, M. (2012) Dhyum the Dugong. Reef & Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns, Australia (32pp.).

Dhyum the Dugong was written to educate children about the importance of conserving dugongs. The main character of the book, Dhyum the dugong, is based on a real animal that was satellite tagged at Mabuiag Island in 2010 and named by the local children.

Learn more about Dr Mariana Fuentes

This guide is also available at Dr Mariana Fuentess website


Myrtle's battle against climate change.

Fuentes, M. (2010) Myrtle’s battle against climate change. Reef & Rainforest Research Centre Limited, Cairns, Australia (22pp.).

This book is based on the findings from Dr Mariana Fuentes' research on the impacts of climate change on the northern Great Barrier Reef green sea turtle population. The main character of the book, ‘Myrtle’, is based on a real turtle that was satellite-tagged in 2008 at Mer Island, Torres Strait. Myrtle was named by students from the local Tagai State College. This book is dedicated to the children of the Torres Strait islands with the hope that they learn about the effects of climate change on sea turtles and find a way to make a difference.


Learn more about Dr Mariana Fuentes

This guide is also available at Dr Mariana Fuentess website


Student projects


Below are projects conducted by students, assisted through the education initiative of Seagrass-Watch



CSIRO - Student Research Scheme 2006 (Australia)

Project title: Seagrass seed distribution at Bushland Beach (Queensland, Australia)
Students: Jacqui Stephens & Shani Rupasinghe
Supervisors: Dr. Jane E. Mellors & Naomi Smith (Seagrass-Watch HQ), Jacqui Stephens & Damian Harris (CSIRO)

Click here to visit the visit website report




Raffles Girls School (Singapore)

Project title: Leaf growth rates of Thalassia hemprichii at Labrador beach.
Students: Jocelyne, Si Hui & Si Ling
Supervisors: Mr Lim (Raffles Girls School) and Ms Siti Maryam Yaakub (TeamSeagrass)                                              

Click here to visit the Lab Blog


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