Great Barrier Reef

We have a range of educational resources for teachers and students about the big, beautiful and diverse Great Barrier Reef.

Exploring the Reef teaching unit

Our Exploring the Reef teaching unit is aimed at year three level. Over approximately seven weeks, students will investigate characteristics of living and non-living things (including things on the Great Barrier Reef). 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.

Coral bleaching teaching unit

Our coral bleaching teaching mini unit is aimed at year eight level. Over approximately six weeks, students will observe different animal and plant cells under the microscope and will investigate the structure and function of different animal cells and observe and describe the function of chloroplast in plant cells. Students will investigate zooxanthellae and their symbiotic relationship with coral and use this understanding to explain coral bleaching.

Animal adaptations teaching unit

Our animal adaptations teaching unit is aimed at year five level. Over approximately seven weeks, students will investigate structural and behavioural adaptations of animals and plants. They will understand how these adaptations help animals and plants survive in their environments. 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.

Great Barrier Reef ReefBeat education series

The Great Barrier Reef ReefBeat educational poster series is aimed at all year levels and has an attached resource book with activities for students of all ages.

Outlook Report 2014

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Outlook Report 2014 is published every five years and examines the Great Barrier Reef’s health, pressures, and future management.

Animals on the Reef webpage

Our animals on the Reef webpage details animals living on the Great Barrier Reef, biodiversity strategy and species of conservation concern.

Great Barrier Reef biodiversity webpage

The Great Barrier Reef is internationally recognised for its outstanding biodiversity. Our biodiversity webpage explains what biodiversity is and the Great Barrier Reef's biodiversity.