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The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and its national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium, offer an extensive range of educational resources and programs. These resources are curriculum-linked for all year levels, from early learning to grade 12.

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Our education resources cover a range of topics to teach and learn about the Great Barrier Reef including climate change, sea country connection, sustainability, wetlands, threats to the Reef, biodiversity. Below you can find resources, including our Reef Beat poster series, science unit plans, student activity sheets, videos and much more!
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Climate Change Animation PlaylistWatch

A series of animated videos depicting what climate change is, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and the impacts of climate change.

  • Climate change
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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Marine Science and Aquatic Practices: Year 11 and 12 View/Open

A series of resources such as extended investigations, links and GBRMPA links to Marine Science and Aquatics syllabus.

  • Climate change
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Human uses on the Reef
  • Water quality
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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Climate change: Year 10 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this mini unit, students will explore the carbon cycle and the four global systems: biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere and hydrosphere. Students will investigate greenhouses gases and carbon dioxide and describe the relationship between the carbon cycle and climate change. Students will investigate what happens when carbon dioxide is absorbed by seawater and potential impacts of ocean acidification on reef biodiversity. Students will discuss impacts of climate change on ecosystems and everyday changes to reduce these impacts.

  • Climate change
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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Ecosystems: Year 9 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this mini unit, students will investigate starch production in leaves and understand how plants use the sunlight energy to produce food. Students will explore energy flow in food webs within ecosystems. Students will identify the biotic and abiotic components of ecosystems and understand how these interact and relate to energy flow. Students will investigate how changing abiotic factors impact ecosystems and understand how natural and human events also impact ecosystems.

  • Ecosystems and habitats
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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Coral bleaching: Year 8 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this mini unit, students will observe different animal and plant cells under the microscope. They will investigate the structure and function of different animal cells and observe and describe the function of chloroplast in plant cells. Students will investigate zooxanthellae and their symbiotic relationship with coral and use this understanding to explain coral bleaching. Students will recognise the link between carbon footprint and coral bleaching and identify ways to manage carbon footprints from the individual to community level.

  • Climate change
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Creatures
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - Cryptic crawly creatures View/Open

A series of resources including an activity book and 10 posters featuring Dr. Chloe, Dr. Dave and others giving a colourful, junior snapshot of the 'Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019'. This Reef Beat package provides an introduction to some Reef animals and actions to protect them and the Reef. These include coral, crabs, crown-of-thorns seastars, fish (and green zones), dugong, seabirds, marine turtles, whales, sharks and protecting your patch.

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
Fish
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - Be fish friendly View/Open

A series of resources including an activity book and 10 posters featuring Dr. Chloe, Dr. Dave and others giving a colourful, junior snapshot of the 'Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019'. This Reef Beat package provides an introduction to some Reef animals and actions to protect them and the Reef. These include coral, crabs, crown-of-thorns seastars, fish (and green zones), dugong, seabirds, marine turtles, whales, sharks and protecting your patch.

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
Dugong
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - Floating fertiliser factories View/Open

A series of resources including an activity book and 10 posters featuring Dr. Chloe, Dr. Dave and others giving a colourful, junior snapshot of the 'Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019'. This Reef Beat package provides an introduction to some Reef animals and actions to protect them and the Reef. These include coral, crabs, crown-of-thorns seastars, fish (and green zones), dugong, seabirds, marine turtles, whales, sharks and protecting your patch.

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
Sea birds
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - A migration journey View/Open

A series of resources including an activity book and 10 posters featuring Dr. Chloe, Dr. Dave and others giving a colourful, junior snapshot of the 'Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019'. This Reef Beat package provides an introduction to some Reef animals and actions to protect them and the Reef. These include coral, crabs, crown-of-thorns seastars, fish (and green zones), dugong, seabirds, marine turtles, whales, sharks and protecting your patch.

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
Turtles
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - Ancient reptiles of the sea View/Open

A series of resources including an activity book and 10 posters featuring Dr. Chloe, Dr. Dave and others giving a colourful, junior snapshot of the 'Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019'. This Reef Beat package provides an introduction to some Reef animals and actions to protect them and the Reef. These include coral, crabs, crown-of-thorns seastars, fish (and green zones), dugong, seabirds, marine turtles, whales, sharks and protecting your patch.

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
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2008 Reef Beat Education Series: Yesterday, today and tomorrow - learning about the past, looking to the future View/Open

A series of resources that include a set of posters and an activity book that link to the history of the Great Barrier Reef and how we can protect it to ensure its future.

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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2007 Reef Beat Education Series: Sustainability View/Open

A series of resources that include a set of posters and an activity book that link to sustainability and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Extreme weather
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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2005 Reef Beat Education Series: Rivers to Reef View/Open

A set of posters that link to the connectivity between rivers and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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2004 Reef Beat Resource Kit: Catchments to Coast View/Open

An activity book that links to the connectivity between catchments and the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Water quality
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2003 Reef Beat Education Series: The Great Barrier Reef View/Open

A series of resources that include a set of posters and an activity book that aim to expose students to the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • First Nations peoples
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Human uses on the Reef
  • Water quality
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