Green Adelaide’s Coastal Ambassadors program for adults is back, with marine enthusiasts now invited to apply so they can learn more about conserving and protecting Adelaide’s coastline.

The free program will begin on 4 February and will take place on Sundays over 7 weeks, covering topics ranging from beach ecology and marine conservation, to shorebirds, mangroves and flora and fauna.

Green Adelaide Presiding Member Professor Chris Daniels said the program is a great way for participants to extend their knowledge about a critical part of Adelaide’s environment and meet others who share their passion.

“The ecosystems that exist along Adelaide’s coast provide vital habitat for a diversity of plants and animals, many of which are unique to southern Australia,” Professor Daniels said.

“Caring for our coast and marine environment is a priority for us at Green Adelaide, and this program is a fantastic way to take community members on this journey with us.

“Many participants in this program are already huge advocates for the environment, while for others it’s a new interest that they are wanting to explore and build upon.

“We value any opportunity to foster the community’s interest in the environment and look forward to welcoming our next group of participants and helping them grow into Coastal Ambassadors.”

The program is led and coordinated by Dr Mike Bossley who has been engaged in research, conservation and education for the past 50 years.

It includes sessions on temperate marine ecology, environment and organisms of Gulf St Vincent, and Tirkandi – Country, Culture, Connection with Burka-Senior Man Karl Winda Telfer of the Kaurna Meyunna (first people).

The program also includes kayaking, snorkelling and other field trips to get participants up-close and personal with Adelaide’s marine habitats.

The Coastal Ambassadors program is now in its 14th year, with more than 250 participants having graduated since it began in 2011.

The current intake will accept 18 participants, aged 18 years or older, who live in the Green Adelaide region.

Applications close Monday 27 November at 4 pm. Find out more, including the session dates and topics, and how to apply.

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