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Biodiversity field day

​Students participating in the workshop

​A small cohort of our year 9 students were given the rare opportunity to participate in a biodiversity field day organised by Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA), along with students from other schools in our district. The day aimed to encourage year 9 students with an interest in biological science, sustainability and ecology and promoted the delivery of science programs with a focus on sustainability and the environment. 

During the day, students were able to monitor and evaluate endangered cycads in the Calliope Ranges. The day included the students developing an understanding of how the endangered cycads grow, the conditions making up their habitat and how they could go about pursuing a career in ecology. It was a long day that saw the students travelling and on site from 6.45 am to 5.00 pm. Fortunately, the sheer enthusiasm and energy of the students themselves ensured that everyone went home with a much improved understanding of how ecology is a vital part of industry. Gladstone State High School looks forward to participating in this event again in future years.