Senior Coral Reefs

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Second Nature Education offers an amazing variety of educational and experiential programs to a variety of coral reef locations in: Queensland and New South Wales; throughout Australia; and overseas.

All our programs are either tailored to support relevant units within the new curriculum, or as specifically requested by our clients.


What we provide

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and Flyers
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets
  • All relevant equipment (supplying up to 150x students per session)
  • Example assessment tasks
  • Transportation options (we provide quotes to utilise our own buses for every excursion and can purchase all relevant flights relating to your program where applicable)
  • Pre/Post Excursion Activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk Assessment (location specific)
  • Variety of field-work locations (where available)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (we provide quotes to utilise our own in-house catering service for every excursion (where available) and/or catering through a third-party provider

Senior School (Yr 11-12) Programs

Our Senior School programs have been developed for specific units of study within a variety of secondary subjects (e.g. Biology, Geography, Marine Science, Tourism etc.). We can also tailor programs upon request. By participating in one of our “Coral Reefs” programs, students gain a detailed understanding and awareness of the importance of reef ecosystems through direct interaction with the natural environment (excursions) or through an interactive PPP with a variety of coral and other animal skeletons to pass around (incursion). The experiences can be delivered to complement the following units or modules:


  • Year 11 Responding to Risk and Vulnerability in Hazard Zones (QLD)
  • Year 11 Planning Sustainable Places (QLD)
  • Year 11 Hazards and Disasters (VIC)
  • Year 11 Tourism (VIC)
  • Year 11 Biophysical Interactions (NSW)
  • Year 11 Global Challenges (NSW)
  • Year 12 Ecosystems at Risk (NSW)
  • Year 12 People and Economic Activity (NSW)


  • Year 11 Biodiversity and the Interconnectedness of Life (QLD) or Biological Diversity (NSW)
  • Year 11 How do Living Things Stay Alive? (VIC)
  • Year 11 Ecosystem Dynamics (NSW)
  • Year 12 How does Life Change and Respond to Challenges over Time (VIC)

Earth and Environmental Science

  • Year 11 Living on Earth (QLD)
  • Year 11 Earth’s Resources (NSW)
  • Year 12 Human Impacts (NSW)
  • Year 12 How can Biodiversity and Development be Sustained? (VIC)

Marine Science (QLD)

  • Year 11 and/or 12 Marine Biology
  • Year 11 and/or 12 Oceanography
  • Year 11 and/or 12 Conservation and Sustainability
  • Year 11 and/or 12 Marine Research Skills

Tourism (QLD)

  • Year 11 The Travel Experience
  • Year 12 Sustainable Tourism
  • Tourist Destinations and Attractions (elective)
  • Types of Tourism (elective)
  • Tourism Client Groups (elective)

Agricultural Science (QLD) or Agriculture (NSW)

  • Year 11/12 Animal Science (QLD)
  • Year 11/12 Agribusiness (QLD)
  • Year 11/12 Animal Production (NSW)

Trip Overview

All Secondary field trips to coral reefs and in-class presentations come with complimentary work-booklets. These are aligned with the relevant state syllabus and are conducive to data collection for use in student assessment.  Work-booklet-based field trips allow for an in-depth, methodical and structured investigation of reef environments. Students use a variety of field work techniques to collect primary data on the physical properties and biota of a reef. Virtual “Coral Reefs” investigations allow students who are unable to participate in a field trip (e.g. due to finances, proximity to habitat, behaviour issues, etc.) to gain a basic understanding of reef environments through a well-designed in-class presentation. If you are seeking a different approach to your coral reef study, we can design a program that is suitable for you. Please contact us to view an example work-booklet.


  • Snorkeling over a rainbow of corals and fishes!
  • Being part of an ongoing citizen science project aimed at monitoring reefs in Australia and around the world (CoralWatch)
  • Hearing about current, unpublished research from a marine biologist
  • Learning to care for the reef by behaving sustainably
  • Feeding sharks from the comfort of a liveaboard boat (only on camp programs)

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  • Snorkel equipment for exploring the reef
  • Boat fares for travel to and from the reef
  • Coral Watch equipment for measuring the level of bleaching at various sites on the reef
  • Talk from a Reef Check volunteer about the nation-wide database that is being constructed by citizen scientists (like you)!
  • Gear to clear plastic from the reef ecosystem
  • Talk from a marine biologist about the current state of the reef
  • Night snorkels and shark feeding optional on multi-day programs using a liveaboard boat!


  • An age-appropriate interactive PowerPoint presentation
  • Investigating reef structure with coral skeletons to pass around
  • Learning about the cultural value of reef resources with tribal artefacts to pass around
  • Learn about how reefs are formed with the help of a fun animation.
  • Recognise feeding relationships on the reef with a “Friend or Food” game and an on-your-feet “Human Food Web” game
  • Learn about the all-important threats facing the reef
Educational Outcomes
  • Awareness and knowledge of coral reef ecosystems
  • Appreciation for the diversity of coral reef organisms
  • A basic understanding of how coral reef ecosystems work including knowledge of food chains/food webs
  • Awareness of the impacts of human activities on coral reefs both locally and globally
  • Knowledge of local and largescale environmental issues affecting coral reefs including habitat destruction, overharvesting, invasive species, coral bleaching and pollution
  • Learning of sustainable behaviours that minimise these issues
  • A sense of connection to and feeling of stewardship towards Australia’s coral reefs
  • An understanding of the complex processes involved in managing our coral reefs in a sustainable manner
  • Experience in planning and conducting scientific field studies

Below is an example itinerary for a 1-day “Coral Reefs” excursion. All excursions packages include the necessary work booklets and equipment.

8:00 Tour group pick-up Second Nature have a fleet of vehicles available to cater for any number of passengers (within reason). We can provide transport to and from schools and airports.
8:45 Arrive at marina to board your vessel to the reef! Snorkel gear will be delegated before students enter the boat and a safety briefing will be delivered on board.
10:00 Activity Session 1 Introductory snorkel. Students will be briefed on snorkeling techniques and assisted with the identification of marine organisms in the reef community.
11:30 Enjoy a buffet lunch on board the catamaran
12:30 Activity Session 2 Coral Watch field work. Students will be briefed on the use of Coral Watch equipment (developed by Reef Check Australia) to measure the level of bleaching in corals on different parts of the reef. They will then use the same techniques to collect primary data for both their field reports and an online database sustained by citizen science. 
13:30 Activity Session 3 Talk from a Coral Watch ambassador and marine biologist. The students will learn about how the data they collected is assisting scientists to monitor the state of the reef, and how this data can be used to ensure the sustainable management of the ecosystem.
14:00 Depart destination for marina
15:45 Return to school or airport at required time