Funding the Future
Trunk Island Project Coordinator & "Callista" Captain
Trunk Island - Living Classroom
Since 2006, incredible progress has been made on restoring Trunk Island to nature reserve status: there are now more than a thousand native and endemic plants, more than 50 longtail nests are in active use, there have been 6 hermit crab reintroductions and so much more. However, there is much left to be achieved to truly transform it into the centre of hands-on learning and inspiration that we know it can be.
While half of the island has been restored, there are still steps that must be taken to ensure its preservation so that it remains a vital resource for generations to come. This ranges from further reforestation of native and endemic species to cliff stabilisation, to minimise the effects of coastal erosion.
The most recent development that has been made possible by donations is the cultivation of mangroves as part of a walkthrough habitat exhibit. While these are a wonderful educational experience, the environmental impact cannot be understated, so your support of BZS initiatives is so often twofold.
With greater technological investments, the Living Classroom can expand into hybrid learning. High quality cameras and networks will enable us to provide livestream footage of local wildlife, such as the Eastern Bluebird, to students and the general public, and enable us to take classes into the hybrid sphere, broadcasting live.
While the focus of the Living Classroom remains on the educational experiences, some work on the infrastructure of the island is still required. Solar panels will enable the island to be more self-sufficient and ecologically responsible while upgrades to the outdoor recreation areas, with picnic tables and a wraparound porch, will create a more pleasant atmosphere for those visiting the island.
Find out more about the Living Classroom here.