26 April 2012

Hiking, snorkelling and volunteering are par for the Young Biologist Course

Katja Rockstroh

Our Young Biologist Course, sponsored by De Beers Marine, has been running for 12 years and every year it is very popular. So much so that we receive around 100 applications and can only accept a maximum of 54 Grade 10 learners per course. In light of this, the Two Oceans Aquarium Environmental Education Centre team decided to run a second Young Biologist Course aimed at Grade 11s only. Our first one took place from 26 March to 1 April 2012 and saw 52 Grade 11s from across Cape Town take part.

De Beers Marine has a longstanding association with the Two Oceans Aquarium – they were one of our founder sponsors and have contributed to a number of projects over the years, including giant wind vanes that were above the I&J Predator Exhibit once upon a time, the jelly lab and several editions of a little Aquarium guidebook (now long out of print).

The first four days of the course are quite theory-heavy, as part of becoming a Young Biologist (YB) at the Two Oceans Aquarium is to volunteer for at least 30 hours. We want to make sure that our new volunteers know their stuff!

They get to study live animals, later using the information to educate our visitors about all the weird and wonderful creatures of our oceans.

After a sleepover at the Aquarium, the new YBs were off to Soetwater Environmental Camp in Kommetjie for some hiking …

Snorkelling …

Sandcastle building …

And rocky shore exploring, among other fun activities!

Our newest YBs have already hit our floors bursting with new information and eager to teach what they have learnt to our visitors. Look out for these enthusiastic youngsters!

We’ll post a blog about the YB graduation next week.

Coming up

Our annual Grade 10 Young Biologist Course will be taking place from 1 to 7 October 2012.

If you are a Grade 10 learner interested in marine life and a marine-related career, please contact Katja Rockstroh on education@aquarium.co.za or call 021 418 3823 to find out how to apply.

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