Marine Champions

About Our Program

Designed for young people to share their passion for marine mammals, conservation and the environment, Marine Champions is an extension program that will provide hands-on action opportunities and learning experiences for young people to gain a stronger understanding of marine science and sustainability. Founded in July 2018, the Marine Mammal Foundation’s youth Outreach Program Marine Champions was a finalist in the Keep Victoria Beautiful Awards in 2020, a semi finalist in the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards in 2021 and has been featured on Channel 9 news.

Under the guidance of Marine Champions Leaders, participants will be given the opportunity to work with the MMF core team, meet other like-minded young people, and participate in a variety of unique activities and guided MMF expeditions. Our Marine Champions will be provided with the tools and support to create, develop and share their own projects with each other and their community, interacting directly with our marine mammal research and gaining leadership skills to make a difference within the environment.

The program will run in two streams of Junior Champions (Primary School Grade 4-6) and Youth Champions (Secondary School Years 7-12). This program is a fun and exciting way to learn more about marine science and explore our beautiful and unique local environments, an opportunity not to be missed!

The Marine Champions program is currently active in the Port Phillip Bay and Gippsland Lakes region.

What is included in my membership?

  • Marine Champions tee.
  • Marine Mammal Foundation Cap.
  • Options for half day school holiday activities.
  • Marine Champions special invitations to join the Marine Mammal Foundation team in outreach and land-based research activities, such as community event, clean-up actions, and positive campaigns for greater environmental awareness.
  • Youth Champions will also be invited to special careers information sessions with industry experts.
  • Guided expeditions to learn more about the amazing marine environment.

What are the Marine Champions and their parents saying?

“I became a Marine Champion because I have a big passion for the ocean and marine life and I want to save it.” Isabelle

“I became a Marine Champion because I hate plastic, and I want to learn more about marine biology.” Charlie

“I hope to one day become a marine biologist… I want to research the ocean and I thought this would be a good way to kick start that dream!” Jessika

“I was surprised that you could connect art with the ocean and sustainability.” Lily

“Matt and the team were great with the kids and they were able to take part in craft, hands on beach activities and education.” Parent of Marine Champion

“The program is valuable and very enjoyable for the kids.” Parent of Marine Champion

“The children are ambassadors for the cause and will help spread the word to their peers and community as well as having a lot of fun.” Parent of Marine Champion

Want to sign up?

The program will be run during school holidays with intermittent term-based activities.

Marine Champions is a membership-based program with an annual membership fee of $120.

To register your interest, please complete the online form or email Matt at champions@marinemammal.org.au

Who are we?

The Marine Mammal Foundation is a small not-for-profit research, education, and conservation organisation, based in Mentone, Victoria (Australia). We conduct internationally recognised applied scientific research on marine mammals and environments across Victoria, and apply our research learnings to educate and inspire the community. MMF began in 2013, after MMF’s Founding Director and Head of Research Dr Kate Robb discovered, named, and formally described a new species of dolphin in south-east Australian waters; the Burrunan dolphin (Charlton-Robb et al. 2011). MMF is a registered ACNC charity, and DGR entity. Our work is reliant on funding from grants, philanthropy, sponsorship and generous donations from the community.

The Marine Champions program will be led by dedicated Leaders and MMF Education and Outreach staff, enthusiastic young scientists and experienced science communicators and youth program coordinators.  We are committed to providing an engaging program that will provide leadership, communication and STEM skills for participants that will be relevant in their school education and well into their future careers. The Marine Champions group will be a safe and rewarding space for young people to share their ideas, learn from each other and participate in a range of exciting activities.

To become one of our incredible Marine Champions, email MMF at champions@marinemammal.org.au.

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