Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF)
Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation leads local marine conservation efforts around the Bahamas. BREEF’s education initiatives provide public school children with hands-on opportunities to learn about the Bahamian marine environment.
Efforts to educate future generations about the vital Bahamian marine environment range from summer sea camps, with activities such as snorkeling, to outreach and education about sharks in The Bahamas, to virtual coral reef field trips. Additionally, BREEF’s marine conservation workshops have trained over 700 teachers from islands across The Bahamas. These educators are now back in their classrooms sharing what they learned with their students and colleagues.
Throughout the year, BREEF offers classroom presentations and field trips for school groups to enhance instruction of marine conservation topics now included in national curricula. Demand for field trips has been increasing, and in partnership with The Moore Bahamas Foundation, BREEFF has successfully introduced more students to experience the marine environment first-hand – an exceptional learning opportunity that amplifies the efforts of classroom educators.
The hands-on learning approach that BREEF emphasizes is also showcased through the Bahamas Environmental Steward (BES) Scholars youth mentorship program. In collaboration with The Cape Eleuthera Island School, BREEF provides BES Scholars with the unique opportunity to become involved in marine research, including shark and turtle tagging activities.
In recent years BREEF has been able to expand and enhance its marine science and field studies programs, while also diversifying options for students at both public and private schools. In 2009, BREEF launched the Eco-Schools (Bahamas) Programme. Eco-Schools is the largest sustainable schools program in the world, operating in over 55 countries.
The Moore Bahamas Foundation and BREEFF’s successful partnership began in 2000, and most recently has been focused on BREEF’s campaign to protect the endangered Nassau grouper, helping to influence new legislation ensuring a fixed closed fishing season.
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