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Hawksbill turtle hatchlings in hand, Papua New Guinea © Ange Amon / Lissenung Island Resort

Hawksbill turtle hatchlings in hand, Papua New Guinea © Ange Amon / Lissenung Island Resort / WWF-Aus

Marine turtle protection for schools

  • education
  • hawksbill turtles
  • kids
  • marine turtles

This World Turtle Day, WWF-Australia has partnered with Cool Australia to create a range of classroom-ready lessons and resources to teach students about why and how to protect marine turtles – one of Australia’s most-loved species.


Marine turtles have called the world’s oceans their home for more than 100 million years, and play an integral roles in the entire marine ecosystem. Sadly, these magnificent creatures are now listed as either endangered or vulnerable because of increasing pressures and threats primarily from human activity.


An integral part of these lessons is to engage students, connect them to the wider marine environment and inspire them to protect these iconic species with a focus on practical ways to preserve nesting beaches. Teachers from years 4 - 6 can use these lessons to help students understand the importance of turtles, the threats they face and how we can help protect them.


Teachers can access the lessons for FREE and download digital worksheets and a host of other resources that will inspire and engage learning in the classroom.

Click on the links below to access each lesson for free:



Share your turtle nest protection ideas with us

WWF-Australia also invites students to share their turtle nest protection ideas. These will be hosted on the WWF-Australia website for all to see and hopefully inspire others to help protect turtles for generations to come.


Please read our Terms and conditions and complete your details and upload your picture of your nest protector via the form below.




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Cool Australia is a leading not-for-profit, dedicated to supporting teachers with high quality teaching tools, resources and professional development courses.


The lessons were made possible by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Eldon & Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2016.


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