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A one stop shop for all things Great Barrier Reef Education.

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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You may be chillin' with friends and family these Easter holidays, but it's important not to relax while out on the water and remain responsible to protect marine life.

Get the facts from the Reef Authority's Chief Scientist Dr David Wachenfeld as he explains exactly what coral bleaching is and isn't. Get the facts here: https://bit.ly/3tPasjc

Despite the fact that summer is now over a month behind us, the coral bleaching event, and our understanding of it, are still unfolding. The Reef Authority is working with partners to prioritise a sub-set of reefs for ongoing in-water surveys.

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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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Yirrganydji Traditional use of Marine Resources AgreementWatch

Video explaining the Yirrganydji Traditional use of Marine Resources Agreement and the projects they are undertaking.

  • Indigenous use
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Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resources AgreementWatch

A video about the Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) that covers Sea Country which extends from Princess Charlotte Bay to the Normanby River, a rugged and breathtakingly beautiful part of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Indigenous use
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Here's how you can protect the Great Barrier ReefWatch

A video explaining how your actions can help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Responsible Reef practises
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How we use science to manage the Great Barrier ReefWatch

A video explaining how the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority manages the Great Barrier Reef.

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What is the International Coral Reef Initiative?Watch

A Video explaining the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). Australia is a founding member of the ICRI — a partnership of nations and organisations working together on coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Habitat investigations: Year 1 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this unit, students will explore one or more habitats within their local environment. They will identify external features of different plants and animals and how their needs are met in the habitats they live in. Students will identify and describe changes to local habitats as a result of human activity and suggest how science helps people care for their local habitats.

  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
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2016 Reef Beat Education Series: Threats to the Reef View/Open

A series of resources that include videos and an activity book that link to threats to the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Tourism on the Reef
  • Water quality
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2013 Reef Beat Education Series: The amazing Great Barrier Reef, let's keep it great View/Open

A series of resources that include a poster and an activity book that link to the amazing Great Barrier Reef and its importance as a national and global icon.

  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
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2012 Reef Beat Education Series: The inshore Great Barrier Reef, bursting with biodiversity View/Open

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

  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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2011 Reef Beat Education Series: Working together today for a healthier Reef tomorrow View/Open

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

  • Climate change
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
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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.

  • Coastal ecosystems, 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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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Wetlands: Year 7 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this unit, students will investigate different wetland types. They will describe how wetlands are part of the water cycle. Students will identify different animals that live in wetlands and group and classify them. Students will recognise and understand the interactions between living things in food chains and food webs in a wetland, and how human activity can affect these interactions. Students will understand and investigate water health of a wetland and consider threats to wetland health and how to manage it.

  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
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2016 Reef Beat Education Series: Threats to the Reef View/Open

A series of resources that include videos and an activity book that link to threats to the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Tourism on the Reef
  • Water quality
Resource photo
2013 Reef Beat Education Series: The amazing Great Barrier Reef, let's keep it great View/Open

A series of resources that include a poster and an activity book that link to the amazing Great Barrier Reef and its importance as a national and global icon.

  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
Showing 55 results
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Yirrganydji Traditional use of Marine Resources Agreement Watch

Video explaining the Yirrganydji Traditional use of Marine Resources Agreement and the projects they are undertaking.

  • Indigenous use
Resource photo
Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement Watch

A video about the Lama Lama Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement (TUMRA) that covers Sea Country which extends from Princess Charlotte Bay to the Normanby River, a rugged and breathtakingly beautiful part of the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Indigenous use
Resource photo
Here's how you can protect the Great Barrier Reef Watch

A video explaining how your actions can help protect the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Responsible Reef practises
Resource photo
How we use science to manage the Great Barrier Reef Watch

A video explaining how the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority manages the Great Barrier Reef.

Resource photo
What is the International Coral Reef Initiative? Watch

A Video explaining the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). Australia is a founding member of the ICRI — a partnership of nations and organisations working together on coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

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