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The Reef Authority and its national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef, the Great Barrier Reef Aquarium (formerly Reef HQ Aquarium), offer an extensive range of educational resources and programs. Visit our new Reef Guardian School portal.

Reef Guardian Schools

The Reef Guardian Schools program has been running since 2003, the program encourages teachers and students to take actions that help protect the Great Barrier Reef and its connected ecosystems. 2023 marks the 20-year anniversary of the program, more than 350,000 students have attended a Reef Guardian School since its inception.

Visit the Reef Guardian School portal to see their collective actions.

Reef Guardian School Writing REEFlection Task

The Reef Guardian School Writing REEFlection Task invites past and present participants of the program to share their stories of Reef stewardship. The task runs from 20 November 2023 to 22 April 2024 and accepts various forms of submissions, such as posters, podcasts, or short stories. There are four categories with prizes for the best entries. 

Visit our Reef Guardian Schools page to get involved.

Educational resources and programs

These resources are curriculum-linked for all year levels, from early learning to grade 12.

Virtual Learning Experiences

Reef HQ Aquarium uses video-conferencing to virtually connect with classrooms. Students are taken on a virtual dive from their classroom to divers in the Coral Reef and Predator Exhibits of Reef HQ Aquarium.

Resources for each year level and by theme

These are curriculum-linked teaching materials specifically developed to be integrated in school learning as science-focused units.

There are units for each year level – from early learning to grade 12 – making it an easy resource for teachers to utilise.

Teachers can explore all resources by topic, including coastal ecosystems, endangered species, extreme weather, the Great Barrier Reef, Indigenous use, marine debris, responsible reef practices, climate change, tourism and water quality.

To access resources, visit our new interactive Reef Guardian School portal.

Reef HQ Aquarium transformation

Reef HQ Aquarium is the national education centre for the Great Barrier Reef. It is currently closed for transformation – keep up to date here.

Since December 2019, the Australian Government have invested $80.1 million in the refurbishment of the National Education Centre for the Great Barrier Reef, Reef HQ Aquarium. Click here to find out more about the transformation.

The Australian Government response to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works report on the redevelopment of Reef HQ Aquarium can be found here.

Educational videos

The Reef Education team at Reef HQ Aquarium are developing virtual lessons through YouTube videos with supporting worksheets. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up-to-date.

Reef Beat education series

The Reef Beat education series is a popular resource for teaching primary school students. Each series focuses on a different topic and includes posters, an activity book and, in some cases, videos.

The education series covers a range of topics, including climate change, sea country connection, sustainability, wetlands, threats to the Reef, biodiversity and more.

Be a Marine Biologist

Be a Marine Biologist for a Day is a package of educational resources to assist teachers, marine tourism operators and reef guides in facilitating high-quality experiential learning excursions for students visiting the Great Barrier Reef.

This comprehensive suite of educational resources includes customisable teaching, instructional resources and activities that are curriculum-linked and aligned with specific stages of learning from prep through to year 12.

This toolkit is based on the Reef Authority’s long-established Eye on the Reef - Rapid Monitoring reef health survey methodology and builds students’ citizen science skills.

The Be a Marine Biologist for a Day initiative brings together a number of Reef Authority programs, including Reef Guardian Schools, High Standard Tourism Operators, Master Reef Guides and our Eye on the Reef Program.

Be a Marine Biologist for a Day - Great Barrier Reef - Commonwealth of Australia (Reef Authority)
Updated 22 Sep 2023
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