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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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Monday 23 May, commencing 11:00am (AEST)

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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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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.

  • 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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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Let's go fishing: Year 6 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this unit, students will investigate fish species and their survival needs. They will explore the habitats in which they live and identify how changes to the physical conditions of the habitat e.g. by pollution, can affect the growth and survival of fish. Students will identify fishing rules and investigate sustainable fishing practices. Students will use their knowledge about fish growth and survival to inform decisions about fishing and sustainable fishing practices.

  • Responsible Reef practises
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Sharks
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - We need sharks 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
Protect your patch
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - Protect your patch 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
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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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
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
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
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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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2009 Reef Beat Education Series: Climate change and the Reef View/Open

A series of resources that include a set of posters and an activity book, game cards, fish species list, world map, a teacher presentation and fact sheet that link to climate change.

  • Climate change
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
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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
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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