Stradbroke Island Science Camps (SISC)

MBRS offers field and laboratory based education programs aimed at senior high school and undergraduate student groups through the Stradbroke Island Science Camp (SISC) program. MBRS is the perfect base to explore the incredible diversity of North Stradbroke Island (NSI) and Moreton Bay, and engage students in a meaningful and challenging out-of-classroom learning experience.

SISC's are custom designed and tailored to suit individual group requirements. MBRS work directly with teachers to develop an education program that includes field and laboratory based activities, workshops and lectures, all lead and delivered by UQ trained tutors. While camps typically last for 2-3 days, groups can opt for anything from a day-trip to two week program or longer.

The SISC program provides a unique opportunity for students to experience a field research station run by the University of Queensland, one of Australia's leading universities, The Stradbroke Island Science Camps attract local as well as interstate and international student groups.

The Stradbroke Island Science Camp Package includes:

  • Transport to/from the Island
  • Transport on Island
  • Catering
  • Accommodation at MBRS (UQ discounted rate)
  • Lecture theatre and laboratories
  • Field and scientific equipment
  • Custom designed education program
  • Student work-booklets (Education Queensland recognised and assessable)
  • University of Queensland tutors (15 students:1 tutor)
  • Cultural heritage tours, NSI Museum tours, Kayaking and other tours
  • Snorkelling and boating (Charter or MBRS vessels)
  • Risk Assessments for all activities
  • Fisheries permits - Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF); Marine & National Parks permits - Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport, and Racing (NPSR); and Ethics permits
  • Groups can choose from a broad range of terrestrial, intertidal and marine based field activities. 

Learning programs cover a wide range of topics.

Programs include lectures, field and laboratory based activities. To find out more about all the activities, please download our Activity Summary.

Activities can be conducted at:

L = Low tide only
H = High tide only
TR = Tide restricted (1hr either side of high or low tide)
A = Any tide
S = Summer only


T = Terrestrial
I = Intertidal
M = Marine (students may get wet)
FW = Freshwater (students may get wet)
V = Introductory video

Current SISC Activities 2018:

  • 18 Mile Swamp (FW, A)
  • Brown Lake (FW, A)
  • Brown Lake vs. 18 Mile Swamp (FW, A)
  • Coral and Fish Diversity (M, S, TR)
  • Environmental Weeds (T, A)
  • Gorge Walk – Point Lookout (T, A)
  • High Energy Rocky Shore (M, L)
  • High vs. Low Energy Rocky Shore (M, L)
  • Impact of Marine Debris (I, A)
  • Low Energy Rocky Shore (M, L)
  • Low Energy Rocky Shore vs. Sandy Shore (M, L)
  • Mangrove Investigation (M, L)
  • Marine Mammals (T, A)
  • Natural vs. Disturbed Landscapes (T, A)
  • Plankton Investigation (M, V)
  • Projects (Individual/Group) (I, M, L)
  • Sand Dune Succession (I, A)
  • Seagrass (M, L)
  • Seine Netting and Fish Identification (M)
  • Shorebird Investigation (I, T, H)  
  • Trawler Investigation

Current SISC Lectures 2018:

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Fire in the Australian Landscape
  • Freshwater Ecosystems of NSI
  • Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Ecosystems
  • Intertidal Shore Biology and Ecology
  • Management of Marine Parks
  • Manta Ray Ecology and Biology
  • Marine Mammals
  • Geographical Origins and Geology of NSI
  • Poisonous and Venomous Animals
  • Sand Mining and Human Impacts on Moreton Bay and NSI
  • Sea Turtles of Moreton Bay

Individual projects

Individual projects or extended experimental investigations have become a very popular activity with both teachers and students alike. After a day or so of group activities that provide the students with a bag of analytical tools they then break into small groups (2 to 3) and intensively concentrate on testing a hypothesis. The students (with the help of their tutors) formalise their hypothesis, do some background reading, determine methods and materials, collect and analyse the data. The students then present their findings to each other via a PowerPoint presentation in a mock conference situation. The students are encouraged to ask each other questions and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each project.

Often this is the first experience that students have at truly independent thinking. There are no right or wrong answers - only the analysis of the data they found on the day. Most students find this very exciting.

Sample MS Powerpoint presentations from MacGregor SHS students:

Crabs.pdf (80kb)
Plankton.pdf (467kb)
Sponges.pdf (777kb)
Zonation of Rocky Shores.pdf (203kb)

Previous Feedback from teachers and students

"Thankyou so much for helping us plan a truly exciting and memorable camp." The Islamic School of Brisbane

"Thanks so much for the great opportunity to visit North Stradbroke and learn so much about marine life. Certainly an experience I will never forget!" Jessica Year 11

"Thank you for giving us this unique opportunity to expand our horizons and organising such an interesting and educational program." Students from Dunwich SHS