Reef Education – A cultural and scientific pathway to sustainability.

GBR Biology is based in Cairns offering immersive, educational excursions and field trips to the Great Barrier Reef. Partnered with the Land and Sea Country Connection program, we focus on building connections to, and awareness in local communities.With field trips and school excursions we highlight the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of the Great Barrier Reef Landscape. 

Students and teachers are encouraged to analyse the reef, by building skills to explore and learn about the natural environment. We use a hands-on approach to education and research, with scientific projects on the reef, students will gain a sense of adventure and new understanding. 

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

Why learn with GBR Biology?

Cairns is one of the greatest locations on the reef to explore and learn about the natural world, and is home to two World Heritage Sites. At GBR Biology, we have created flexible educational programs to suit the learning outcomes of a wide range of groups, including school excursions, field trips, university research projects, preschool groups, study abroad programs, curious minds  and more. If you are looking to see the best of Far North Queensland, learn about the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding rainforest ecosystems – GBR Biology can tailor a program for you!

Educational Programs

We offer a variety of flexible educational programs, with a focus on structured learning within the reef systems of Cairns. See our educational program options below, and get ready for some hands-on, adventurous learning!

  • Outer Reef Education and Research Field Trips
  • Green Island Field Trip
  • Fitzroy Island Field Trip

Activities on Offer

Every activity we undertake is tailored to encourage curiosity and engagement. Our expert teams of Marine Biologists and Indigenous Rangers cater a wide range of activities, including;

  • Guided snorkeling
  • Reef interpretation
  • Cultural Heritage stories
  • Rainforest and Island ecology
  • Ecosystem Health Monitoring
  • Crown of Thorns research
  • Cultural and Environmental Stewardship
  • Environmental management and climate change
  • Career Pathways

Education Goals

  • Encourage the creation of personal experiences and understanding of the reef, and an individual’s role in a community, which can last a lifetime. 
  • Build skills to explore and learn about the natural world
  • Foster a cultural connection to the land and the sea environment
  • Host a wide variety of educational experiences and understanding of the reef, and an individual’s role in a global community.

Education Objectives

  • Promote an understanding of local communities and stakeholders who work and have direct connections to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Enhancing hands on reef education and research, and Citizen Science Programs. 
  • Highlight reef system dynamics through a scientific and cultural lens
  • Integration of class based learning into place based experiences
  • Invite creative and action-based teaching and learning opportunities. 
  • Promotion of science enquiry skills to learners of all ages

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
  • Cultural Coordinator 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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