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The Waterways Field Guide – Teaching Resource

The Waterways Field Guide Project was conducted during 2015 to 2016 and was a joint initiative between Natura Education, City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Waterwatch. This project produced four practical, informative and colourful field guides for students and community groups to use while exploring our waterways.  This project brought together well-researched information on all aspects …


Waterway Health Assessments of Sandy Creek, Loders Creek and Oakey Creek – Gold Coast QLD

Undertaken as three separate projects between 2012 and 2013, a major objective was to provide a waterway health assessment of the current conditions for each catchment.  The condition assessment was implemented to provide baseline monitoring of the catchment under baseflow conditions in both spring and autumn and to provide a reference point in order to …


Gold Coast Waterwatch Program – City of Gold Coast QLD

Natura Pacific successfully coordinated the Gold Coast Waterwatch program from 2009 to 2016, teaching thousands of students from early childhood through to senior high school about the importance of our waterways and catchments. Natura Education’s efforts included lifting participation rates from an average of 1,700 students per annum to 3,096 in the first year to …


A new species of water bug on the Gold Coast

Here at Natura Education we are very privileged to be working with a team of educators and scientists that are not only skilled in delivering a variety of education programs to students of all ages, but are also experts in their respective fields. John Pumpurs is Natura Education’s resident frog and water bug expert and …


We are 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards Finalists!

We are very excited to share that our recently released Waterways Field Guide has been nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards, in the category of Sustainable Education. These guides were developed as an initiative of Gold Coast Waterwatch, which was supported and undertaken by both the City of Gold Coast Catchment Management …


Waterways Field Guide – Series 2 to 4 are here!

In December last year, Natura Pacific and City of Gold Coast released the first in a series of field guides titled “Waterways Field Guide, Series 1: Water Bugs”. Take a look at our article on this here. Being an initiative of Gold Coast Waterwatch, the Water Bugs guide was quickly heralded to be a success by …


Gold Coast Wildlife: Blue Tongue Lizard

Have you ever wondered about what types of animals may be living around you, in your backyard, your local park or in that bushland down the road?  The Gold Coast wildlife is diverse and prolific, and this part of Australia plays host to some 600 species of animals, some of which are quite rare and …


Ghosts in the Sand

The following article was written for us by Ashwal M. Gowda who is a Masters student from Bond University on the Gold Coast. Ashwal has been working with the Natura Pacific team this year to gain work experience in the filed of environmental consulting. His article is a fascinating insight into the world of the …


What can Gold Coast Waterwatch achieve in a year?

Gold Coast Waterwatch is a community service initiated and supported by the City of Gold Coast and facilitated by Natura Education. When delivering Waterwatch we engage with early learning centres, primary schools, secondary schools, community groups and community events to educate participants on the importance of healthy waterways and catchments. It is part of Waterwatch …


An Underwater Treasure: Seagrass Health and Abundance on the Gold Coast

The Seagrass Health and Abundance Study was undertaken by Natura Pacific in 2012 to develop a Seagrass Monitoring Program for the Gold Coast. The aim of the project was to develop cost effective methods for monitoring seagrass habitats as well as improve the understanding of how these habitats functioned and what may be threatening their …

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