Land and Sea Country Connections



Reef Education, Land and Sea Country Connection programs focus on creating education pathways to garner greater connections and awareness of local communities. While highlighting the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of the Great Barrier Reef landscape, students and teachers are encouraged to look at the larger process of analysing and interpreting the Great Barrier Reef.

Education Goals

  • Create a space for relevant and applicable learning for reef landscapes.
  • Opportunities to learn about “your” place, be that locally or globally, to encourage and foster personal connections and understandings about an individual’s role in a community that can last a lifetime.
  • Build skills to explore and learn about the natural world.

Education Objectives

  • Promote a greater understanding of local communities and stakeholders who work and have direct connections to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Participate with local community members and stakeholders enriching the community renewal to enhance hands on reef education and research and Citizen Science programs
  • Centre a curriculum, specific to local reef systems, that integrates content and highlights the focus on local communities
  • Place-based projects are integrated back into classroom lessons
  • Invite creative and action-based teaching and learning opportunities
  • Promote larger and more authentic based questions for teachers and students and connections to the awareness of community-based partnerships

GBR Biology’s programs achieve all the educational goals and objectives for schools visiting the Great Barrier Reef. We are delighted to include GBR Biology’s programs in our Cairns itineraries to ensure government grant eligibility and that desired educational outcomes are delivered

G.E.T Educational Tours

All the staff and students had a great day! For a lot of us it was our first visit to the reef and was an experience the students will remember. This year the activities were well organised and there was a variety – the best thing was everyone had something to do at all times of the day. The crew on the boat were friendly and helpful making it an excellent day out for the students. The amount of free time the students had was great and well timed. Looking forward to it again next year

Cairns School

Educational Programs

Flexible Programs to Suit

Cairns is one of the greatest locations to explore and learn about the natural world, home to two World Heritage sites. Our programs offer flexibility to perfectly suit the learning outcomes of a wide range of groups. Whether you are a preschool group, university research, study abroad program looking to see the best of Far North Queensland or even just a group interested in learning about the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef and the surrounding Rainforest ecosystems. GBR Biology can tailor a program for you!

Reef Education Activities

The activities we undertake are custom tailored to foster inquisitiveness and engagement. Our expert teams of Marine Biologists and Indigenous Rangers cater a wide range of activities covering:

  • Guided Snorkeling
  • Reef Interpretation
  • Cultural Heritage Stories
  • Rainforest and Island Ecology
  • Ecosystem Health Monitoring
  • Crown of Thorns research
  • Career Pathways
  • Environmental Management and Climate change
  • Cultural and Environmental Stewardship

Australian Curriculum and Ongoing Projects

We can tailor an unforgettable experience that will align with the Australian curriculum and allow students to participate in on going field research projects. All programs have been designed to garner greater connections to local reef systems and allow for more awareness and understanding of natural habitats and synergies.

Inclusive of field trip costs are classroom visits by a Marine Biologist to work with the teacher and students prior to the field trip.

The field projects will go into our data system and can be accessed by the teachers and students. Students can follow the data system and add the updated information to their school projects and reports. The results of the monitoring program will provide real data that will be added to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) science-based management system and Citizen research projects.

Learning Outside the Classroom and on the Great Barrier Reef! 

GBR Biology is more than simply a learning program outside of the classroom, it is an intentional engagement tool focused on structured learning’s within the reef systems of Cairns. The hands-on education and research projects promote exploration and a sense of adventure and new understandings that will create a lifetime of memories.

Career Pathways

GBR Biology, Reef Education, Land and Sea Country Connections are now offering student education and research field trips. The programs align with the Australian curriculum and have been designed to connect students to reef systems. The programs will incorporate local traditional owner interpretation and the sharing of stories in the areas of:

  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Marine Science
  • Indigenous Science
  • Indigenous Ranger Programs
  • Sustainability
  • Research projects
  • Environmental Management

Career pathways describe the direction and approach that can be taken by students wishing to develop their career within a given profession on the Great Barrier Reef.

GBR Biology, Reef Education, Land and Sea Country Connections highlight career pathways that can help students identify career options that are available to them locally and illustrate the knowledge and skills people need to equip themselves for different roles. Firsthand experiences help students identify any gaps in their skill, knowledge, qualifications and experience and help plan for their development in order to acquire them.

Reef Magic Education programs are designed to stimulate the interests of students in education, marine science, indigenous science, environmental management and marine tourism by engaging students in applied learnings through the real world challenges of sustainable environmental management. The programs also challenge the students to look at real world complex issues from a variety of disciplines.

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