Education

CRRF has had a long term interest in marine education through publications, educational booklets, public talks, hosting interns and contributing newspaper articles. Our new laboratory building has a class/conference room, plus a teaching library and media room, and we are looking towards expanding the program and reaching out to Palauans of all ages.

ROBOTICS

YOUTH VISITS AND FIELD TRIPS

CRRF conducts outreach activities to various schools in Palau to raise awareness and instill pride in students of their natural marine resources and environment. We have conducted school visits to share the unique story of Jellyfish Lake and its millions of Golden jellyfish residents. We also emphasize the threats to the marine lakes, and how we can all work together to protect them. In addition, CRRF staff participates in various school field trips, including field trips conducted by Palau High School and Heirs to Our Oceans. Through these field trips, CRRF members lead the students through a hands-on learning experience in conducting quadrat surveys, identifying invertebrates, and surveying jellyfish.

EXTERNSHIPS AND COMMUNITY SERVICE

LINKING VISITING SCIENTISTS WITH LOCAL STUDENTS

In the past few years we have been arranging student tours to oceanographic research vessels working in Palau waters, such as the R/V Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and to CRRF to meet visiting scientists, to expose students to a type of scientific activity that is only occasionally present in Palau. We do not want students to miss an opportunity to be exposed to “something different” that might inspire them to go on into a career in science or technology.

Visiting Universities/Colleges

CRRF also hosts small university classes visiting Palau, utilizing our classroom/conference room, laboratory and boats. In May – June 2018 & 2019, CRRF hosted Dr. Rebecca Rundell’s class “Invertebrate Conservation Biology in Palau: Ridge to Reef” from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF).

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