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.

Annual awards

The Annual Awards are an opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements by ten Reef Guardian Schools throughout the year across ten categories. Each winning school receives $1000 to go towards expanding existing Reef Guardian projects or implementing new initiatives.

Ripples of Change grants

Each year 20 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.


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

These day-long activities encourage students to step up as community leaders in sustainable living and protecting our environment. Each year a different theme is chosen to promote partnerships between schools and regional environmental groups. Students participate in activities such as wetland revegetation, stormwater drain stencilling, marine debris collection and water quality testing.

Read stories from local events on our news page.

Photos from the Future Leaders Eco Challenge events can be viewed on our Facebook page.


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    Reef Guardian school group standing in the shade of some trees

    Reef Guardian schools across Queensland are taking positive action for the environment. Watch the commercial.