Calendar of Events

All Ocean Youth events are displayed below including those for Ambassadors participating in the face to face programs across various sites.

Feel free to check them out and register for events that may be of interest to you where applicable. All OY participants must register for their events if they'd like to attend.

OY Sydney Workshop 1

8:00 AM at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Welcome to your first event OY Sydney!

Today you'll be starting off in the section you've chosen or been allocated. You'll be with a SEA LIFE Sydney staff member until 11am.

After a short break you'll then join Kasey or Claudette for an introduction into some of the conservation work we do for the creatures you've just met as well as learn about some of our upcoming campaigns.

Where to meet:

Carpark in Wheat Rd (adjacent to the aquarium and alongside the Merlin admin building). Please be on time as we don't want our hungry animals to have to wait!

What to bring:

Ocean Youth and SEA LIFE Trust are single use plastic free. We'd appreciate if you ditched the single use plastic bags, water bottles, coffee cups and straws while you're with us, and hopefully beyond. As such you'll need to bring:

  • Your filled out and signed registration form if you didn't give it to Kasey at the intro night or email to us beforehand. You must have this form signed to begin.
  • A reusable water bottle and coffee cup (if you drink tea or coffee).
  • Food for your break. There's also a cafe within the aquarium that you are welcome to.
  • Ideas of what you'd like to do or achieve as part of the program. We want to help you shine cos you're a star who wants to help our precious oceans.
If you have any other questions that have not been answered here please email us at


Shooting with Purpose - a day in the life of a wildlife photographer

6:15 PM at Scuba World Mooloolaba

Join Queensland Museum Photographer Gary Cranitch as he takes us through a day in the life of a wildlife photographer; the challenges, setbacks and successes.
Aside from demonstrating some great photography, Gary’s presentation will give us all a better insight into the efforts and techniques to get the photograph most of us are looking for. I am sure everyone will enjoy this presentation.
About Gary:
Gary has worked as a wildlife photographer at the Queensland Museum for 33 years.
His work has been published in Australian Geographic, Popular Science(US),New Scientist, National Geographic online and numerous other publications and journals around the world. He has also contributed to the Queensland Museum extensive range of natural history publications.
Achievements include:
  • 2008 AIPP Australian Science and Nature Photographer of the Year
  • 2015 Eureka Prize for Science Photography
  • Principal photographer “The Great Barrier Reef-A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide
Gary is an experienced  photography judge with experience at both State and National level for the AIPP. He also runs workshops and seminars on underwater photography and Digital Asset Management.
“The natural world never ceases to amaze me and I feel privileged to have photographed so many different landscapes and animal 
species throughout my career.”

World Turtle Day!

8:00 AM at various sites and online

Celebrate World Turtle Day by hosting a TEAM TURTLE micro clean up.

You see, our beautiful turtles need our help. All species of marine turtle are listed as endangered and their future is not looking bright. Some of the biggest threats they face are warming oceans and beaches, plastic ingestion, commercial fishing bycatch, feral predation of nesting sites and human consumption.

So what can you do?

Well, we reckon if you take a really quick look around you, you'll find rubbish really easily. So why not grab your friends and do a quick micro-cleanup. It won't take you long to grab a bag and pick up some rubbish right in your local area or around your school. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, Selfie!

1. Grab a bag

2. Pick up the rubbish you see

3. Do a quick sort to see what you've collected

4. Take a pic, share to your social with #teamturtle

That way we can share the amazing work you've done to help our turtles.

So what else can you do for our turtle friends:

1. Choose Marine Stewardship Council certified seafood to ensure your fish is caught with sustainability at front and centre.

2. Choose renewable energy suppliers such as Powershop for your energy. This will reduce the impacts of climate change.

3. Use less single use plastic in your daily life. Shopping bags, water bottles, coffee cups are easy to change over to renewables. And don't forget to say no to straws - that's what your lips are for!

4. If you see it pick it up - rubbish lying around will definitely end up in our oceans and choking our marine life.

Whatever you do, be sure to let us know via social media with #teamturtle. And if you're really keen send us an article with image and we'll post it to the Ocean Youth + SEA LIFE Trust blogs!

Happy World Turtle Day!