Marine Biology and
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest coral reef system on the planet, and the world’s largest living structure. Why not take advantage of this natural wonder to add depth to your students’ marine biology knowledge?
With a “hands-on” approach, your students will be introduced to an incredible underwater universe.
Join us for a custom-designed program focusing on the delights of the sea.
Any of the following can be combined into your custom educational tour in Australia:
Marine Biology Classroom Time
In the care of a marine biologist, learn The Great Barrier Reef’s main plant and animal groups, how to identify its fish, and even how to find "Nemo".
For more advanced groups, spend time with a marine biologist discussing marine ecology and coral biology, phylogeny, ecosystems at risk: threatened species and the consequences of climate change on the reef, as well as the effects of ecotourism. Perform an underwater transect and collect data about coral predators.
Hands-On Interpretation at the Reef
Have your marine biologist join your group on a day, overnight or even a 3-day trip to the reef to provide on-site lectures and interpretation. The waterproof fish and coral ID cards help you understand what you are looking at beneath the water.
Participate in Eyeof the Reef--a community-based initiative developed by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)--to monitor coral bleaching and help save the reef.
Ferry to a university-sponsored island research station, where students of all ages can use the massive “touch tank”, snorkel in a sheltered bay, explore the phenomenal giant clamgardens, and use the facility’s microscopes and wet labs to further their learning.
Earn a PADI Open Water SCUBA certification over 4 days in order to better discover the marine life of The Great Barrier Reef. For those who are already certified, you can earn a PADI Advanced Open Water certification. Some students may be eligible to earn university credit for their SCUBA studies as well.
Through a service project, collect rubbish and data at a “marine debris hotspot” and report your findings to the Ocean Care Society.
Your Own Custom Educational Tour - Australia
With Small World Journeys’ collection of marine biologists, teachers, conservationists and researchers, we can match the educational objectives of any student group. Contact us to learn more about how your students can benefit from one of our Educational Adventures.
Want Ideas For Your Student Group?
Check out our set itineraries that include a Great Barrier Reef element: