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Understanding the Great Barrier Reef

  • green|spaces 63 East Main Street Chattanooga, TN, 37408 United States (map)

This class is for anyone interested in learning about the Great Barrier Reef, the largest living structure in the world that can be seen from outer space. Sarah Updegraff will speak on a firsthand basis about the mass coral bleaching event that took place worldwide in 2016. This event was occurring when she began her job as an eco-tour guide leading tourists out to the reef, making for an interesting introduction to the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. If you're interested in the amazing world of coral reef ecology and have a desire to learn more about ocean conservation come out and learn with us!

Your ticket includes lunch. Many thanks to green|spaces for partnering for this class!


About the teacher:


Sarah Updegraff is a Chattanooga native who has recently returned from a life abroad. Her passion for the outdoors and a love for the wonders of science led Sarah to study Environmental Science at Belmont University. With an unquenchable desire to explore, she embarked out into the world working for various organizations such as the National Park Service in the Florida Everglades, the Pacific Whale Foundation in Maui, and eventually landing an incredible job as an eco-tour guide leading groups to the Great Barrier Reef through Calypso Reef Cruises. She has a wild love for humpback whales, swamps, and ocean conservation.

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