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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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Marine debris is a growing environmental problem and is a major threat to health of the Great Barrier Reef. This session will illustrate how you might engage your students to undertake a clean-up and litter audit, before developing a source reduction plan.

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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The Great Barrier Reef has an amazing diversity of marine life that calls it home. The same is true for the array of different careers the Reef supports. Join the Reef Education team (science graduates) for a look at some opportunities that an education in the sciences may open up for you.

Do your students have an innovative, eco-friendly idea to help protect the Great Barrier Reef? It could be a sustainable product, service, app, or technology that is used in your school, home, or local community.

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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!
Click on the tabs or apply filters to browse through the resources by year level and topic.
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Growing up on the ReefWatch

A curriculum-linked presentation explaining life-cycles on the Great Barrier Reef.

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How Lucky the Turtle Got Her NameWatch

A a video of a puppetshow about a young turtle growing up and finding her name.

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Classification of Reef Creatures PlaylistWatch

A series of videos explaining classification and describing various marine phyla.

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Creature Feature PlaylistWatch

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

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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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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
  • Coastal ecosystems, 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
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Water quality
Whales
Reef Beat education series: Junior Outlook - Gentle giants of the ocean 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
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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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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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
  • Coastal ecosystems, 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.

  • Coastal ecosystems, 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.

  • Coastal ecosystems, 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.

  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Indigenous use
  • Marine debris
  • Reef Beat Series
  • Reef Guardians
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Tourism on the Reef
  • Water quality
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Classification of Reef Creatures Playlist Watch

A series of videos explaining classification and describing various marine phyla.

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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 - 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
  • Tourism on the Reef
  • 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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