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History and Environment

Moreton Bay is home to a vast array of marine habitats, plants and animals and includes some of Australia’s premier wetlands. Extensive mangroves and tidal flats support and shelter fish, birds and other wildlife. Sandflats provide roosting sties for migratory birds and seagrass beds nurture fish, shellfish, dugong and turtles. Tropical, subtropical and temperate wildlife species are all supported within the bay. This unique location’s significance has been recognised was listed as a Ramsar site in 1993 for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.

For thousands of years the Quandamooka people have lived here and cared for this place. In the past 200 years Moreton Bay has seen significant changes due to land clearing in the catchment, increasing urbanisation, dredging and increasing fishing pressure. Despite this it remains an amazing place on the edge of a population of nearly 2 million people.

The Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre is one of a network across Queensland. Our centre began as the St Helena Island Education Unit in 1986, a joint venture between the Department of Education and Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service. The Education Unit was later upgraded to the 'St Helena Island Environmental Education Centre' as part of the Environmental Education branch. In July 1989, Fort Lytton National Park was added to the Centre’s area of responsibility and in 1994 became the Moreton Bay Environmental Education Centre.

Today the centre offers programs across sectors including primary, secondary and special, as well as tertiary institutions, community organisations and other Government departments. The centre is fortunate to have a six star Greenstar designed sustainable centre with learnscaped outdoor areas, 'Inspiration', a 12 metre aluminium catamaran and 'Janjari', a 5.8 metre rigid inflatable.