EDUCATION

Investing in our future

Innovating to continue Educating

Over the last two years we have been hosting sea turtle camps in seven communities in Roatan. The camps are a combination of presentations, interactive activities and field visits. Through the camps, children get hands on experience on sea turtle identification, biology and conservation. However, this year was certainly a difficult one. The Bay Islands Education department issued strict social distancing regulations which meant most children had to receive virtual classes.

 During half of the year, we were uncertain on whether the turtle camps would be feasible. Thanks to an incredibly supportive group of 29 teachers and several adaptations to the sea turtle camp curriculum, we were able to successfully host seven camps! Teachers were very creative, using all means available such as WhatsApp, phone and text message. Over 300 children participated and the success was measured via daily journal entries. Students explained in their daily entries that turtles are "beautiful creatures", that their meat or eggs should not be eaten, and the importance of cleanups as this helps to protect their nesting beaches.

 In 2021, we hope to have transitioned several of our education activities to virtual learning, to ensure we continue engaging communities in marine conservation.

OUR WORK

Schools.  Students of  all  ages  learn and  explore  the  different  ecosystems  and  priority conservation species of the MPA. They learn through presentations and field based experiences such as  visits to the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences,  reef  tours   in the   glass  bottom boat,  and guided snorkeling tours.

In order to build capacities in the students and professors we  host events, campaigns,  and develop institutional micro projects within the school . Currently we have a three school projects:

1.  “Green School, Blue Future” is a project based in Punta Gorda in  which we are developing an environmental curriculum within two schools that aspire to become eco schools and serve as  role models

2. “My Island, My Treasure, My Future” was created in 2019 in the community of Camp Bay, located on the east end of the Island.  The goal of this project is to empower the next generation of reef leaders and create national pride within the community.

3. Every year we conduct Turtle camps and holiday camps "Ocean Guardian Kids Camp" where more than 150+ students are instructed in marine conservation.

ADULTS EDUCATION

We train tour operators, transport Associations, fisher associations and companies in Best Tourist  Practices  to safeguard our reef.

DIVING CENTERS

We train dive operators and staff on the importance of the BINMP, Honduran diving standards and  voluntary standards in the Mesoamerican Reef.

RESTAURANTS

Through the Bay Islands Responsible Seafood Guide, we promote a guide for retailers, restaurants and consumers to select the best and sustainable seafood choices

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

We carry out conservation activities and campaigns,  celebrations  of environmental days (World Wetlands, Mesoamerican Reef  and Oceans day) and support  for  current island wide initiatives such as   beach, mangroves, and  reef cleanups and waste management campaigns. We create awareness to empower  communities in sea turtle conservation.  

 

HOW TO BE RESPONSIBLE VISITORS

Please watch the following informational video to learn how you can do your part by following environmental best practices on Roatan.