This site has a number of resources which can help you to teach about marine and coastal environments.
Aquaculture in Australia
A major unit examing the farming of marine species around Australia. Aquaculture is the fastest growing primary industry in Australia.This unit contains general information about mariculture (marine aquaculture) in Australia and information relevant to each state and the Northern Territory.
A major unit covering the ecology, anatomy, reproduction and more of Cnidaria including sea anemones, corals, sea pens, Box jellies, Jellyfish, Hydra, siphonophores, Hydrozoa,. Includes a Photogallery and videos from YouTube.
Coasts and Marine Schools Project
This is a comprehensive Professional Development program for the development of skills and strategies for including marine education programs in school curricula.
The 15 modules and the supportive materials including Black Line OHT Masters and a Field Activities Guide are designed to promote inclusion of coastal and marine content in school programs from Kindergarten to Year 12 and incorporates currently available teaching materials and resources.
From the 1998 National MESA Conference - "Seaweeds, Syngnathids and Seashores - Marine Conservation through Education".
Conference presenters provided examples of "best practice programs in community and schools marine education" from throughout Australia.
A major unit covering the ecology, anatomy, reproduction and more of Crustaceans including crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill, barnacles brine shrimp, copepods, ostracods, sandhoppers and mantis shrimp. Includes a Photogallery and videos from YouTube.
This section explores life and zones of the deep sea. It contains over 450 images and looks at the various ocean zones, animals of the deep, cold and hydrothermal vents and seeps and much more.
Can we explore further?
Can we help kids to discover more? How can we help kids to explore further and deeper?
A major unit covering the ecology, anatomy, reproduction and more of Echinoderms including Sea stars, Brittle Stars, Sea cucumbers, Sea urchins, Sand Dollars, Feather stars and Sea lilies. Includes a Photogallery and videos from YouTube.
Education and Interpretation for Victoria's Marine Parks and Sanctuaries
Education and Interpretation Officer - Marine,
This unit explores the ecology, anatomy, reproduction and more of Fish including Bony fish, Cartilaginous fish, Lobe-finned fish and Agnatha. Includes a Photogallery and videos from YouTube.
'The Great Barrier Reef and its Coastal Zones'
A teaching unit from Angela Colliver, Education, The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Our Great Barrier Reef
This unit from the GBRMPA introduces lower Primary students to the Great Barrier Reef as a place people use for resources, work, recreation and leisure.
Living Safely with Crocodiles
'croc country', where ever crocs and people
interact, highly contentious issues of human
safety and crocodile conservation arise.
These materials aim to present all sides of the debate, to assist students to understand and make informed decisions about crocodile issues.
Our latest unit! Find out about seaweeds - red, brown, coralline and green. Learn about their structure, reproduction and uses.
Marine & Fisheries Education Kit
The Fisheries Group of BIRD (Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development, Northern Territory) have produced an educational package for primary students focusing on the marine environment. The kit was developed by former MESA NT Rep Rebecca Solah.
The aim of this kit is to increase students understanding of marine habitats and the responsibility that everyone shares in ensuring that it remains in good health.
Profiles of people working in a wide range of careers related to the marine environment.
Marine Scientist Profiles
Profiles of marine scientists working around Australia in a wide variety of fields.
Molluscs of Australia
A major unit covering the ecology, anatomy, reproduction and more of Molluscs including Bivalves, Cephalopods, Chitons and Gastropods. Includes a Photogallery and videos from YouTube.
A major unit covering the ecology, anatomy, reproduction and more of Sponges including calcareous sponges, glass sponges and demosponsges. Includes a Photogallery and videos from YouTube.
Protocols for teachers undertaking Marine Investigations
This is a draft set of protocols for teachers undertaking marine investigations. It was developed by Ingrid Albion from the Marine Discovery Centre, Woodbridge, Tasmania.
Sections include: Using the seashore as a classroom, rules regarding viewing/touching sea creatures, collecting sea life for the classroom and more. Although it was designed for Tasmania it should be of use to all marine teachers.
Putting a Toe in the Water: A Teachers' Guide to Getting Started with Coastal and Marine Studies in Tasmania
This forty page book (released June 2002) contains practical activities, ideas and worksheets for teachers interested in integrating coastal and marine studies into their teaching. Whilst developed for Tasmanian teachers, much of it would be useful to Marine Educators throughout Australia.
Oceanography from Space
A workshop conducted by Mark Rodrigue, former MESA President. Find out about oceans, remote sensing techniques, El Nino, measuring phytoplankton and more. Includes activities for students.
Find out about the biology, behaviour, distribution, reproduction and venom of the Sea Snakes of Australia. Includes detailed information about four species, YouTube videos and a Photo Gallery.
VELS - Allowing marine studies to come to life
What I learned at the courses of 2005.
Marine Ed Resource Guide
This resource guide was produced in 2000 by Cheryl Linford for the COMETS Project. It lists resources by 17 categories. Whilst developed for Victorian teachers, much of it would be useful to Marine Educators throughout Australia.