Living things on the Reef

Course Access: Lifetime
Course Overview

STEMLinc Video Conferencing: Discover some of the iconic habitats in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and identify which living things in each habitat are producers, consumers or decomposers. Learn how habitat complexity provides more places for animals to live, and examine what happens to organisms when habitats change. Make predictions about how various human activities may impact food chains and predator-prey relationships. Explore interactions between different living things and determine which interactions are competitive, and which are mutually beneficial. (Image: Reef HQ)

Booking Options:  There are two options for the Reef HQ suite of programs:

1. Fixed STEMLinc dates/times for booking this event will appear each term in the table below.

2. Schools with a minimum of 3 classes wishing to book alternate dates should contact Reef HQ directly ( to negotiate a suitable date and time.  Ecolinc will cover the costs for a limited number of alternate date bookings each term.

Year Level: 5 – 6

Duration: 1 hour

STEM in a box: No.

The following teacher resources are available

Please see attached flyer Living-things-on-the-Reef for more details and links to additional reference materials.

Background Information: Some of the many different habitats on the Great Barrier Reef include coral cays, ribbon, fringing and platform reefs, reef flats, seagrass beds, continental islands, mangroves, rock pools, muddy bottoms, sandy substrates, lagoons and continental shelf.

Prior Knowledge: No prior knowledge required.

Learning Intentions: 

In this video conference students will:

  • Appreciate the diversity of habitats within the Marine Park
  • Understand how habitat complexity provides more places for animals to live
  • Discover the roles of different living things in the Marine Park


In this video conference students will:

  • Discuss how human activities can change habitats, and the effect this has on the things that live there
  • Interact with presenters and be able ask individual questions
  • Have access to supporting materials for pre- and/or post-event study

Victorian Curriculum:

Science – Biological science

  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment. VCSSU075

IMPORTANT:  Cancellation Policy

  1. When you book you will receive an automated message from Eventbrite.  Save this carefully please.
  2. Any cancellations need to be received in time for STEMLinc to re-sell your tickets to other teachers.
  3. Please use the Eventbrite confirmation email to facilitate any cancellation of your booking.  That will automatically release your ticket for re-sale on our system.
Date and TimeTicket availableBooking link
Term Lesson Date/time Click to book (Note 1 ticket = a class of 25 students)
2 June 4th 12 pm 1 ticket left  Book here
3 August 12th 10am Book here