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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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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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Indigenous Ranger compliance trainingWatch

Video showing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) delivered the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Compliance) to 28 Indigenous rangers at the Yuku Baja Muliku Ranger Base south of Cooktown.

  • First Nations peoples
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Indigenous Ranger Training on the ReefWatch

A video explaining Indigenous Reef Ranger training. This ranger training aims to cross-pollinate traditional knowledge with Western science to protect Indigenous heritage values and ultimately, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

  • First Nations peoples
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Indigenous Rangers on the ReefWatch

This video explains the Indigenous rangers program. It is a nationally-accredited training course by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. It provides rangers with the skills to ensure Marine Park users comply with its rules and traditional lore.

  • First Nations peoples
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Meet the Yuku Baja Muliku Junior RangersWatch

A video explaining the Yuku Baja Muliku Traditional Use of Marine Resources Agreement and their Junior Rangers from Far North Queensland.

  • First Nations peoples
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A new kind of sea star: how we're helping rehabilitate Green Island in the Great Barrier ReefWatch

A video explaining reef stars. Using hexagonal-shaped, metal frames called MARRS Reef Stars and thousands of live coral fragments, Neil and the team, in partnership with Queensland National Parks, are working to regenerate the Reef.

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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
  • Human uses 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.

  • Ecosystems and 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.

  • First Nations peoples
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
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Creature Feature Playlist Watch

A series of videos describing a few animals that live on the Great Barrier Reef.

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Climate Change Animation Playlist Watch

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 - 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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Traditional Use of Marine Resource Agreements Watch

The Marine Park Authority and Traditional Owners are working together to integrate modern marine park management and traditional knowledge to protect this irreplaceable iconic World Heritage Area. This video explains these partnerships.

  • First Nations peoples
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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.

  • First Nations peoples
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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.

  • First Nations peoples
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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
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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.

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