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Ecoventure Blog- October 2015 Edition

As the weeks of training and camp preparation come to an end, kids have begun filtering in and out of Al Jeer for fun filled days of outdoor learning, adventure and science. The 2015-2016 season is set to be the best yet as the enthused new batch of staff integrate their expertise and experience in a range of fields to produce the ultimate camp experience for everyone.  With high ropes and water sports activities in full swing and missions to the mangroves underway, the first few weeks of camps and events have been an outstanding success for the Ecoventure team.

 

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Pictured above from top left; Brittle star & Sea sponge, Hermit crabs, Sea urchin and one of our Swimmer crabs.

Update from the Aquatics Team – at Ecoventure we have a new dedicated team of Environmental Instructors with diverse backgrounds in conservation and marine biology. Living and working at the marina basecamp means we have abundant access to exciting marine life – an invaluable tool in environmental education. This season therefore sees flourishing marine aquariums put together in the classroom to be used for sessions on classification and marine ecosystems.

After countless trips to and from the marina with buckets of salt water and failed fish trap attempts, we are pleased to show off our exciting new marine aquariums, currently inhabited by the prickly echinoderms – brittle stars and sea urchins – colourful sponges, sea squirts, red eyed rock crabs as well as the elegant swimmer crab and the much loved hermits.

Half way through October and much like the Swimmer crabs and Urchins have settled into their new surroundings, the instructors onsite have habituated themselves to life in the UAE. As the first set of International Award expeditions set off this morning and we prepare for the next camp to arrive everyone is eager to discover what new heights the 2015/16 season will lead too.

 

Jessica Lloyd – Ecoventure Instructor

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