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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.

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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 - Animal adaptations: Year 5 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this unit, students will investigate structural and behavioural adaptations of animals and plants. They will understand how these adaptations help animals and plants survive in the environments they live in. Students will recognise how science knowledge, such as knowing how adaptations in living things help them survive in their environments, can be used to inform personal and community decisions.

  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Endangered species - marine turtles: Year 4 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this unit, students will investigate marine turtles and their life cycles. They will explore the relationship between the survival needs of marine turtles and the habitats they live in, including interactions with other living things. By considering changes to the habitats, such as coastal development and climate change, students will predict the effect of these changes on marine turtles, including the impact on the survival of the species. Students will recognise how science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions.

  • Endangered species
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GBRMPA Teaching Units - Exploring the Reef: Year 3 Australian Science curriculum focus View/Open

In this unit, students will investigate living and non-living things (including things on the Great Barrier Reef). They will observe and group things as living or non-living based on observable features. They will explore the characteristics of living things. Students will identify natural and human threats to living things on the Reef and recognise how science can help people understand threats to the Reef such as oil spills and the effect of human actions.

  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
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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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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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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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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
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