FREE - Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

by  Reef Authority (Australia)

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In recognition of World Oceans Day, we're shining the spotlight on the world’s largest coral reef ecosystem. Learn about corals as the building blocks of the Great Barrier Reef and the roles that 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. Explore the simple actions that you can take regardless of where you live, to help protect the Great Barrier Reef and the animals that call it home. We’ll look to make this an interactive session and will welcome questions throughout the presentation. 


Wednesday 12 June, commencing 6:00pm US/Eastern:

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About This Program


Multipoint: $0.00
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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

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

Program Delivery Mode

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

Booking Information

This is a special event in recognition of World Oceans Day 2024.

Sorry, this program is not currently available. To inquire about future availability, please contact Reef Authority (Australia)

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

There is no cancellation policy for this free virtual learning experience.

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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 participants 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.