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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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The Great Barrier Reef is home to a tremendous diversity of marine life, and this presentation will introduce you to a selection of amazing reef creatures.

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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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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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Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019Watch

Video of our 2019 Outlook Report highlights the urgent need for our continued and accelerated action to improve the long-term outlook for the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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What is the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report?Watch

Climate change is the biggest threat to coral reefs worldwide. Check out this explainer video for a summary of the Reef’s long-term outlook and what’s being done to protect this great natural icon.

  • Climate change
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Indigenous use
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Tourism on the Reef
  • Water quality
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Monitoring for management: Reef 2050 plan?Watch

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is a coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Great Barrier Reef and its adjacent catchment that will help track the progress towards targets and objectives of the Reef 2050 Plan, under the plan’s seven themes. This will be a key input to assessing the effectiveness of the plan.

  • Climate change
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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Activity Sheet
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook Activity Sheets 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
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
Junior Outlook
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook 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
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
Polyp
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook It all started with a polyp 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
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
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
  • Coastal ecosystems, 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
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
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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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2010 Reef Beat Education Series: Sea Country Connections View/Open

A series of resources that include a set of posters and an activity book that link to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage and Culture on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Indigenous use
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
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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.

Resource photo
Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019 Watch

Video of our 2019 Outlook Report highlights the urgent need for our continued and accelerated action to improve the long-term outlook for the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
Resource photo
What is the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report? Watch

Climate change is the biggest threat to coral reefs worldwide. Check out this explainer video for a summary of the Reef’s long-term outlook and what’s being done to protect this great natural icon.

  • Climate change
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Indigenous use
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Tourism on the Reef
  • Water quality
Resource photo
Monitoring for management: Reef 2050 plan? Watch

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is a coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Great Barrier Reef and its adjacent catchment that will help track the progress towards targets and objectives of the Reef 2050 Plan, under the plan’s seven themes. This will be a key input to assessing the effectiveness of the plan.

  • Climate change
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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