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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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The 2022 Eco Challenge is open to all Reef Guardian Schools and schools round the world!

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 - 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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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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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
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
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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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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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