Floating Classroom with SeaKeepers South Pacific and Blake NZ

Glass Bottom Boat Tours
Leigh, New Zealand
February 29th, 2024


On Thursday, 29th February, 2024, The International SeaKeepers Society South Pacific and Blake NZ hosted a floating classroom with 19 students and 2 educators aboard Glass Bottom Boat Tours. We met our students and educators at Leigh Wharf where we first conducted water quality testing using Earth Echo water challenge kits. The students had the opportunity to learn about water quality by measuring temperature, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen level and hypothesizing why these parameters may change throughout Leigh Wharf. Following our water quality testing we made our way over to the marine reserve of Goat Island where Glass Bottom Boat Tours educated the students on the local reserve and species that are seen there. We finished the classroom by passing out species BINGO cards created by Blake NZ and the students were able to identify wildlife such as snapper, eagle rays, and shags.

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This was the first floating classroom held in New Zealand and we were very grateful to be able to partner with Blake NZ and the students from their Explorer program. Glass Bottom Boat Tours had the perfect vessel to accommodate the group of students and the added benefit of having the glass bottom allowed the students to see all the wildlife underneath them without having to be in the water. We are looking forward to the next floating classroom.

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