Reef Guardian Schools annual activities

Reef Guardian Schools are future custodians of the Great Barrier Reef and they're helping to look after local ecosystems through a range of projects in their classrooms, schools and communities.

During the school year, Reef Guardian Schools can participate in a range of events, activities and awards.

For more information on how to apply and closing dates please contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Networking meetings

Held annually in towns and cities across Queensland, these meetings are great opportunities for teachers to meet with environmental partner organisations to share resources and information, and form lasting partnerships.

Through these activities, Reef Guardian Schools can work with environmental and community groups, government departments, Local Marine Advisory Committees and other Reef Guardians.

Future Leaders Eco Challenge

A series of Future Leaders Eco Challenges take place every year to promote understanding about protecting the Reef. Students from Reef Guardian Schools are invited to take part in hands-on workshops and activities in their catchment. The objectives of the day-long events are regionally varied and focus on local, environmental on-ground project outcomes that are valued by the community and that will improve the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

The challenges are designed to empower students by giving them a sense of involvement in the bigger picture and also help them to gain new skills and knowledge to help protect the Reef.

Teachers participating in the program use this time to increase their professional development hours, recognising they are learning new skills and knowledge to support teaching activities.

Partners along the Queensland coast use the opportunity to help support schools in learning about the Reef. It is also a great opportunity for participants in other Reef Guardian programs (councils, fishers, farmers and graziers) and Local Marine Advisory Committee representatives to participate in Reef-protection activities with students and teachers. 

Ripples of Change grants

Each year 10 Reef Guardian Schools receive grants of $500 each to implement environmental initiatives in their school community. Previous winners have used the grants for projects such as recycling programs and native habitat regeneration.

Stories from grants winners

Read how Reef Guardian Schools across Queensland have used their grant funding to increase awareness of the amazing Great Barrier Reef and encourage students to care for their local environment.