Science experience programs run by external educational groups, departments and schools are held in the JMR. Students are given the unique opportunity to participate in various activities that focuses on the importance of lakes and water bodies, giving them a vital taste of real-world science in the field.

The established wetland biological water filtration system is particularly suited to these programs. Storm-water run-off from the nearby halls of residence carpark and from roofs from buildings within the reserve, is redirected via extensive underground pipes into the reserve where it is distributed across a natural wetland before entering the lake. Students gather water samples from several collection points and use dip nets and waders to collect water bugs from sampling piers in the lake. Further analysis by the students of the water and identification of the collected bugs are achieved in the Environmental Education Centre.

The Jock Marshall Reserve is a restricted site. You must abide by an access agreement and complete the relevant induction process before utilising the reserve and its facilities. Bookings are essential and subject to availability, please contact the Jock Marshall Reserve manager for more information.