SEA Centre Kids

To love and protect something, one must understand it. And to understand something, one must be aware of it. It is easy to assume that a child growing up in Raja Ampat will have seen all the marine life, know alot about the reef, and understand the ways of them all. However, this is not the case. Of course most children here understand that fish come from the sea, that seasons change, and they have an intrinsic natural knowledge of what happens and when. But a gap exists in the understanding of why these things occur, what enables these natural cycles to continue, and how much their lives are connected to, and depend upon, a healthy reef ecosystem. In partnership with Child Aid Papua, and its founder, Jonas, each Sunday the children of Yenwaupnor village join us for a day of learning, exploring and fun. Our goal is to increase these children’s environmental awareness and understanding, in order for them to make a clear connection between themselves and the natural world around them, and the future of their local communities. We aim to create a space and a place for environmental education and independent learning (and not just for kids, but adults too!) Every child has the right to learn about their world around them, and their place in it, and it is incredible to see how much these children want to learn about the natural world, and how by simply understanding something a little more, the desire to protect it grows (there’s a lesson in this for all of us…,!). Already we can see certain children with a particularly strong interest in the environment around them, and we hope to be able to nurture this interest and help develop full potential for community based conservation efforts in Raja Ampat.

SEA Centre Kids Video Gallery

Sundays at SEA Centre - Learning & Laughter

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Other Projects

Yaf Keru Our Coral Garden

yaf-keru-our-coral-gardenRaja Ampat is one of the last strongholds on Earth where coral reef systems still thrive. This archipelago shelters an incredible abundance of life, and forms what is currently thought to be the most biodiverse marine system on the planet. These stunning reefs provide a rich and sustainable food source to local communities in small

Yaf Keru Our Coral Garden

Yaf Keru Our Coral GardenRaja Ampat is one of the last strongholds on Earth where coral reef systems still thrive. This archipelago shelters an incredible abundance of life, and forms what is currently thought to be the most biodiverse marine system on the planet. These stunning reefs provide a rich and sustainable food source to

Eyes On The Reef

Eyes on the Reef – Megafauna MonitoringOur location on the southern coast of Gam Island sees us situated in the heart of a Marine Protected Area, and an area also designated as a shark sanctuary. The establishment of these zones has been so far very successful in protecting the area, and aiding the recovery of

Manta Sandy Ranger Station

Manta Sandy Ranger StationManta Sandy is a well-known cleaning station in the Dampier Strait region. Known for its regular sightings of mantas during the season, it has become a ‘must see’ dive site for all operators, and a location suitable for scientists and film-makers to observe these stunning creatures. However, this high and ever increasing

Sea Centre Kids

SEA Centre KidsTo love and protect something, one must understand it. And to understand something, one must be aware of it. It is easy to assume that a child growing up in Raja Ampat will have seen all the marine life, know alot about the reef, and understand the ways of them all. However, this

Our Community Work

Our Community WorkRaja Ampat is one of the last strongholds on Earth where coral reef systems still thrive. This archipelago shelters an incredible abundance of life, and forms what is currently thought to be the most biodiverse marine system on the planet. These stunning reefs provide a rich and sustainable food source to local communities

Raja Ampat Crown of Thorns Response

Click Here to Record a COTs a Removal EventYour input will help to manage COTs in Raja Ampat Marine ParkThe crown-of-thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci) is a species native to coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. One of the largest starfish in the world, it grows rapidly up to 60cm in diameter, and derives its name