Coastal youth ambassadors

The Coastal Ambassador Youth Training Program is a new initiative to engage young champions into helping to conserve the coast.

The first program ran in the summer of 2018-19 and gathered a great selection of young adults putting their hand up to be a local champion in their community!

 South Australia has stunning coastlines with unique and amazing animals and plant life living in the oceans and on our beaches.

Young adults, between 13 and 15 years old, keen to learn as much as they can about our coast and marine environments, are helping us to look after it, by share their new information with friends and families, and even becoming involved in helping out.    

About the program

The Coastal Ambassadors Youth Training Program is funded by the NRM levy and runs workshops with virtual underwater tours and exciting field trips such as supervised snorkelling and kayaking, to help you gain knowledge through enjoying and immersing yourself in our spectacular marine environments.

This free program is open to young adults living in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region.

Testimonial from a young coastal champion!

In the 2018 winter school holidays I participated in a beachcombing bingo activity run by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board. It was actually pretty cool investigating plants and animals washed up during the winter storms, I had no idea a sponge was a simple animal. I now watch coast and marine related documentaries on Netflix and have a passion to learn more. Whenever I’m down the beach now I always have my head down checking things out and I recently went snorkelling with the Port Jackson sharks. The underwater world is awesome!  

2019 program

There were three themed workshops throughout January 2019, each with an associated field trip.

Workshops covered a range of coast and marine topics, each with a special focus: marine plastics, marine animals and marine conservation. Field trips included snorkelling and kayaking adventures.

Topics included, but were not limited to:

Related links

Lead agency

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board

More information

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges