The School takes the form of a youth education program operated by the Rotary Club of Albury in conjunction with The Murray – Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC). Run annually, the school started in 1996 and in 2014 celebrated its 19th anniversary. The six day Residential School provides Year 11 students who live in and around the Murray Darling Basin with an opportunity to work with scientists in the laboratory and field, learning the fundamentals of freshwater research, conservation and the environment. One of the aims of the School is to introduce students to the process of scientific investigation and the role that research plays in living in a sustainable environment.
The school is practice based giving students an opportunity to experience practical fieldwork along the Murray River and its floodplain. It provides direct involvement with scientists and lecturers from three institutions, MDFRC, La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University. Importantly it provides an introduction to the university experience and explores the possibility of a future career in environmental science. During the School, students work in small groups with a Mentor assigned to each group, undertaking several activities throughout the week then present their findings at the end in a final group presentation.
The School is held in Albury – Wodonga on the NSW/VIC border. Students and mentors are accommodated at the Scots School in Albury and are transported by bus to various venues including Wonga Wetlands, Charles Sturt University, La Trobe University and The Murray – Darling Freshwater Research Centre, for their assigned activities.
The 2015 School will be held from Wednesday 8 to Monday 13 April 2015.
The school accepts up to 50 Year 11 students from around the Murray – Darling Basin. The students work in teams and are supported by staff and mentors while undertaking field trips, lectures, demonstrations and field sampling at a number of locations including Wonga Wetlands, near the River Murray, which is operated by Albury City , as well as visiting the Norske Skog Albury paper mill.
If you are in Year 11 and would like to be involved in the Rotary Murray Darling School of Freshwater Research download the application form from www.mdfrc.org.au and make a time to speak with Mr Steven Lancaster who will organise your Rotary Club nomination. If successful Rotary will confirm this nomination and arrange sponsorship. The application forms should be forwarded as soon as possible either via fax to The Murray – Darling Freshwater Research Centre F: 02 6059 7531, scanned to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to:
Murray – Darling Freshwater Research Centre
PO Box 991
Wodonga VIC 3689
For more information or an application form contact:
Rochelle Petrie – Scientific Coordinator
P: 02 6024 9672
M: 0416 399 499
or Rosie Busuttil – Knowledge Officer
P: 02 6024 9690
M: 0448 756 730