The Cleanup is a volunteer team led by the inspirational Matt Dell and fishing boat skipper Dave Wyatt. For more than a decade they have taken groups to one of the wildest and most inaccessible coastlines on Earth to witness and do something about the marine litter that is polluting the oceans and shorelines there.
Over at our adventure learning site, Expedition Class, we have shared these cleanups in real time through volunteer blogs. In early 2016 we went one step further. We embedded a teacher with the crew to write directly for a younger student audience and attached online lessons to go with it.
That teacher was Pat Spiers. Pat was selected from teachers across Australia to report exclusively for school students and teachers during the expedition from 6th-13th March 2016. Pat's normal job is at the Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre in Sydney and is a keen adventurer in his spare time.
He did such a great job that we've invited him back to do it all again starting 18th February. Pat is ramping it up by writing special reports for the middle and upper primay students and a high school version. This is a great way to get students engaged in curriculum topics that have real world context, and of course a dash of adventure.