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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 Reef Education team recently traveled to Picnic Bay in Magnetic Island to train Apex Camps staff members in using the Be a Marine Biologist for a Day suite of educational resources.

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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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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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Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019Watch

Video of our 2019 Outlook Report highlights the urgent need for our continued and accelerated action to improve the long-term outlook for the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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What is the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report?Watch

Climate change is the biggest threat to coral reefs worldwide. Check out this explainer video for a summary of the Reef’s long-term outlook and what’s being done to protect this great natural icon.

  • Climate change
  • Coastal ecosystems, habitats
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Indigenous use
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Tourism on the Reef
  • Water quality
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Monitoring for management: Reef 2050 plan?Watch

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is a coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Great Barrier Reef and its adjacent catchment that will help track the progress towards targets and objectives of the Reef 2050 Plan, under the plan’s seven themes. This will be a key input to assessing the effectiveness of the plan.

  • Climate change
  • Endangered species
  • Extreme weather
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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What is the Reef 2050 Plan?Watch

A video explaining the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan). The Reef 2050 Plan was developed by the Australian and Queensland governments, together with its partners, including Traditional Owners, industry, scientists and communities, as an overarching strategy for managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Climate change
  • Extreme weather
  • Marine debris
  • Responsible Reef practises
  • Water quality
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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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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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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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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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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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