Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

by  Reef Authority (Australia)

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Interact with marine experts from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as they discuss, with the aid of recorded video and images, the Great Barrier Reef and coral reef ecosystems. Learn about corals as the building blocks of the Reef, and the roles various organisms play within the Reef community. Gain an understanding of the importance of various relationships between organisms such as corals and their symbiotic algae, and anemones and anemonefish. Learn about the main threats facing the Great Barrier Reef and explore simple actions and behaviours that can be adopted by everyone, regardless of where they live in the world, to help protect the Reef and the animals that call it home.

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About This Program


By Request: $155.00

Program fee listed in Australian Dollars.


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family Public Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, however for optimal interactivity we suggest a class size of around 30 students

Primary Disciplines

Career Education, Problem Solving, Sciences, Social Studies/History, STEM, Technology/Information Science Ecology

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

We have facilitated many Reef Videoconferences into North America and the participants have absolutely loved the experience.. Many schools/groups have scheduled an early evening event where they invite students, parents and siblings along to participate in the virtual connection. Please note the time difference: e.g. 6:00pm US/Eastern time equates to 8:00am the following morning in Australia/Queensland time.. To assist you calculate a time to schedule your videoconference, please use this convertor: http://www.timezoneconverter.com/cgi-bin/tzc

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. A fee may be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Reef Authority (Australia)

Townsville, Queensland

Wherever you are in the world, experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef through a Reef Education virtual learning experience. Transport your classroom 'down-under' to Townsville, North Queensland, Australia, and interact with our marine educators as your learn about the Reef. With a number of virtual learning experiences on offer, you are sure to find a program to suit your teaching and learning requirements. They are an exciting, stimulating and easy way to involve and engage students in learning about a variety of topics relating to the Great Barrier Reef.

Craig McGrogan

Program Details


1. Welcome and introduction to the Great Barrier Reef (size, diversity and cultural importance)
2. Introduction to corals as animals, their diversity and requirements for growth.
3. Introduction to other Reef creatures, their roles and relationships.
4. What are the threats to Coral Reef Ecosystems
5. Protecting the Reef: behaviours to reduce our contribution to climate change and marine debris,


The Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef program provides students with an opportunity to:
1. Learn about corals as the building blocks of the Reef
2. Learn about the role that various organisms play within the Reef community
3. Understand the importance of various symbiotic relationships
4. Learn about the main threats facing the Great Barrier Reef; and
5. Explore the simple actions that everyone can adopt to help protect the Great Barrier Reef.