There is a huge amount of wonderful marine education materials and information sources available on the internet. This is only a very small selection to get you started!
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) website has everything you need to know about the marine park, zoning, mangement plans, permitted activities, etc. with downloadable maps, research updates, etc.
» Reef HQ – the GBRMPA aquarium in Townsville has the largest living coral reef exhibit in the world!
» reefED – a colourful and informative educational resource run by the GBRMPA aimed at Primary & Secondary school students and teachers (Australian-curriculum focus)
ARKive Education a free multi-media resources for teachers on science and environment topics (UK-curriculum focus)
Coral Reef Alliance is a global conservation initiative that has some useful online resources for snorkellers, divers and the general public about coral reefs and good practice behaviour for marine tourism, including an excellent Educational Materials Library. Their RSS feed (see our widget CORAL News, in the right sidebar) is also a great resource.
Enchanted Learning is a great resource for Primary & Secondary school teachers with materials on a wide range of subjects (you can’t download the materials unless you subscribe, but you can access and print them)
FishBase is an online database that gives you access to information and photographs for thousands of species and in nearly 20 languages!
The International Year of the Reef (2008) website has links to heaps more education resources
Marine Bio has oodles of interesting information about marine life and conservation, useful for Secondary / Tertiary level students
Monterey Bay Aquarium in the US has some really fun and creative activities you can download for Primary & Secondary school students, parents and teachers
NOAA’s Ocean Service Education has excellent downloadable educational resources about ocean science for Primary & Secondary students and teachers (US-curriculum focus)
The Ocean Conservancy in the US also has useful information and games about marine conservation issues that may be useful for school projects
Reefbase – A Global Coral Reef Database is a global information system for coral reefs which may be useful for Secondary / Tertiary level students
Want to see if you’ve got what it takes to become a reef researcher? Reef Check Australia has a great new Reef IQ game that takes you on a virtual dive to identify common reef inhabitants and impacts, and other education resources aimed at children, parents and teachers.
The Reef Education Network provides a great introduction to life on the reef suitable for Secondary school students and teachers
“Sea Turtles, A Journey of Survival” is an excellent educator’s guide for Primary & Secondary school teachers with loads of practical activities (warning: the PDF file is a 6MB download) produced by seaturtle.org. Teachers can also sign up to access satellite tracking data for tagged sea turtles around the world.
The Sea Turtle Foundation has some useful education resources, including Turtle Trials (a DVD about the story of a sea turtle’s migration) and you can also download the Ocean Conservancy’s wonderful Sea Turtles Colouring Book (in English and Spanish) from there. The Georgia Sea Turtle Centre (in the US) also has some good downloads, including colouring pages, puzzles and wallpapers in the kids section.
The Shark Trust has excellent shark education materials, activities, and downloads for children and their teachers, and a great information resource on sharks for students of all ages (UK-curriculum focus).
The Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society has a great Kidzone with on-line and downloadable factsheets, games and activities. There’s also a link to teacher’s resources (linked to the UK curriculum) in the Info section.
Students and teachers might also be interested in Rainforest Explorer, a wonderful educational resource produced by the Wet Tropics Management Authority about North Queensland’s beautiful rainforests, and EnviroNorth, a resource-rich website about living sustainably in Northern Australia’s tropical savanna grasslands.
Please feel free to add comments and links to other useful educational resources on coral reefs / marine life / ocean science, etc.