Rotary MDFRC six-day residential school

18 Years of Environmental Teaching: The 2013 Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research - ‘The Living Murray - A Sustainable Future’


Rotary MDFRC residential schoolThe Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research (RMDSFR) is a six day residential school held in Albury-Wodonga each year during April, for year 11 students who live in and around the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB).

The School encourages students to increase their awareness and understanding of the environment, conservation and sustainability issues by enabling them to experience activities inherent in the fields of freshwater ecological research and management.

It is an intensive week learning about scientific investigation, sampling techniques and also a series of lectures, workshops and tours all highlighting how water is used and managed in society.

The RMDSFR is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Albury and the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre at La Trobe University in Albury-Wodonga. This Annual School also receives support from a number of sponsors including, Norske Skog (Albury Mill), Murray Catchment Management Authority, Albury City – Wonga Wetlands, La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University.

This is the 18th consecutive year that the School has operated, with over 630 students having participated since 1996.

The School aims to provide year 11 students with knowledge and hands on experience of environmental issues. During the week the students will learn about techniques used in environmental research, natural resource management, science communication, land use, recycling, environmental awareness and university opportunities.

Scientific Program Leader, Ms Rochelle Petrie, said the program was designed to nurture and support students with a keen interest in the environment whilst still at school, without compromising their ability to focus on their studies.

'Feedback from participants, their parents and Rotary staff has confirmed that this is a very valuable experience for students, providing them with an opportunity to become familiar with a wide variety of techniques,' said Ms Petrie.

Adrian Wells, Upper Murray manager with the Murray Darling Association will officially open the 2013 RMDSFR at the launch (commenced 4.45pm Sunday 14 April , Cultural Centre, Scots School Albury), with a welcome event for students preceding the six-day residential camp.

The live-in experience of the six day school provides a great opportunity for students to meet their peers from throughout the Murray-Darling Basin, gain valuable insights into campus life and be exposed to subject areas they have not previously encountered at school.

ENDS

What: 18th Rotary Murray-Darling School of Freshwater Research

When: Sunday 14 April to Friday 19 April

Who: Twenty-seven (27) Year 11 students from New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and the ACT

Locations: The Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC), La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus, The Scots School, Wonga Wetlands, Norske Skog and Charles Sturt University.

Media enquiries:

Rochelle Petrie
Scientific Program Leader
M 0416 399 499 | T 02 6024 9650 | E R.petrie@latrobe.edu.au

Rosie Busuttil
Governance and Knowledge Officer
M 0448 756 730 | T 02 6024 9690 | E R.busuttil@latrobe.edu.au

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