Curriculum History and Development

Curriculum History and Development


The mangrove curriculum is based on a wetlands curriculum which was initially developed in the early 1990s with local school teachers for use in British Columbia, Canada, and Washington State, United States. In 1997, MAP’s education director, Martin Keeley, started adapting the curriculum for tropical mangrove wetland areas.

The mangrove curriculum and teachers resource guide for the Cayman Islands was developed, tested, written, illustrated, and completed during a 3-year time-frame. Guided by Mr. Keeley, the curriculum was adapted from hands-on science-based programs and activities which have been used by educators throughout North America during the past 20 years.

Following standard ecology curriculum principles, the guide provides teachers with 300 pages of information and hands-on activities, covering everything from migrating birds and the properties of water, to what to do and find on a mangrove field trip. It concludes with ways students can help protect and preserve mangrove habitat in their own communities.

Original Travelling Wetlands Roadshow – click here

Green Teacher Story – Developing and Adapting Successful Marine Education Programs for New Settings

April 2007 update of Cayman Island program


Indonesian Teachers at PPLH Puntondo, South Sulawesi, during a four-day workshop learning how to use the Marvellous Mangroves curriculum.

Country Adaptations

Using the Cayman Islands experience as a blueprint, MAP has worked with the following NGOs and government agencies to translate and adapt the curriculum for use in local schools, as well as training teachers in its use:

  • CORALINA – The Corporation for the Sustainable Development of the Archipelago of San Andres, Old Providence & Catalina, in San Andres and Providence, COLOMBIA
  • CARTAGENA – FundaciónEcoprogreso, Cartagena, COLOMBIA
  • CODDEFFAGOLF – Comite para la Defense y Desarrollo de la Flora y Fauna del Golfo de Fonseca, HONDURAS
  • PRMG – ProyectoReforestacion de Mangle Guanaja, HONDURAS
  • SFFL – The Small Fisheries Federation of Sri Lanka, SRI LANKA
  • Amigos del Bosque, GUATEMALA
  • FUNDAECO – Foundation for Ecodevelopment and Conservation, GUATEMALA
  • Blue Forests/MAP Indonesia – INDONESIA
  • ZMNNR – Zhanjiang Mangrove National Nature Reserve, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
  • CMCM – Chinese Mangrove Conservation Network, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
  • SEA – Southern Environmental Association, BELIZE
  • IBB – InstitutoBiomaBrasil – BRAZIL
  • BMRG – Burnett Mary Regional Group, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
  • CLEAN – Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network, BANGLADESH
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Teachers from Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China, studying propagules during a 3-day workshop held in Zhanjiang in April, 2012, for 40 regional teachers.