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Category: Biodiversity

Edu.Cat – promoting responsible cat ownership through education

EduCat endorsed - responsible cat ownership education program

Edu.Cat is an exciting new Australian Curriculum aligned feline education program focusing on fostering responsible cat ownership with the aim to create social change in how people care for cats and protect wildlife. The program is free and available to all schools in Tasmania. It includes Science STEM challenges, incursions, teacher guidebooks, activity plans, student workbooks, posters, online resources and more.

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Bushrangers-Biodiversity restoration and education

Greening Australia Bushrangers

The Bushrangers Program involves both rural and urban Tasmanian schools supporting the large scale on-ground restoration work in the Midlands Biodiversity Hot Spot. Students are assisting restoration ecologists, scientists from the University of Tasmania and farmers with research into genetic diversity of local provenance seed and wildlife monitoring, to assess native and feral animal movement patterns in the fragmented landscapes of the Midlands. This animal-centric approach to plant conservation provides an exciting opportunity for a meaningful curriculum.

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UTAS CARES

UTAS Cares Coastcare initiative

UTAS CARES is a notable initiative whereby UTAS staff and students develop collaborative arrangements with community volunteer groups, including CoastCare, Wildcare, Bushcare, Landcare and NRM South.

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Students rehabilitation Flagstaff Gully Creek

Students Bunji and Peter rehabilitating Flagstaff Gully Creek

In a real-life learning opportunity with environmental benefits, TasTAFE Conservation and Land Management students have rehabilitated bushfire-damaged habitat adjacent to their Clarence Campus. The area provides habitat and food for the endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot, as well as numerous insects, mammals and birds, but was severely damaged by bushfire in 2006.

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Learning on the job!

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Since 2011 the University of Tasmania has enabled over 1050 students to undertake and participate in initiatives that deliver operational sustainability outcomes for the University while earning academic course credits or via paid competitive internships. A number of awards have been won for the initiatives.

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