Exciting learning opportunities for community groups and school children

Our hands-on community, kindergarten and school programs are a top way to learn about and appreciate coastal environments. We can visit your school or group or you can meet us in the field. If logistics are an issue, we can help you organising this too.

If you’d like more details on any of our CoastEd programs below, call (07) 5552 8823 or email coasted@griffith.edu.au

Community programs


We regularly deliver tours, talks and walks for community groups such as Probus clubs, Lions clubs and Scouts groups. If you are interested how we could present to your group or conduct an interactive activity, get in touch! Topics that we could deliver include:

  • History of Gold Coast beaches
  • Coastal tours
  • Burleigh Headland Walk and talk
  • Any regular session in our CoastEd program

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Kindergarten program


Our CoastEd facilitator will visit your centre to teach pre-school-aged children about the importance of beach vegetation. After an interactive presentation, children will be involved in a planting activity using native coastal vegetation. Children also have the option to attend a BeachCare event to plant their plants in the dunes.

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Water quality monitoring for kindergarten! Find out about healthy oceans through hands-on kindergarten activities and a splash of science. Children will learn about the importance of clean water and how they can get involved in creating healthy beaches and oceans.

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Coastal ecosystems


Key themes: Endangered species, biology, conservation, marine reptiles and sea turtles.

A CoastEd representative will visit the classroom to deliver a short, interactive presentation on sea turtles, their biology, threats and behaviour. We will bring a turtle shell and other material to illustrate the presentation. The session concludes with a craft activity using clay or origami, depending on the age group.

Turtles: living dinosaurs curriculum guide


Key themes: Endangered species, biology, conservation, marine mammals and whales.

Excursion: During whale migration season, students meet a CoastEd representative at a location where whales can be viewed, such as Point Danger. We will give a presentation on whales, their behaviour, migration and history on the Gold Coast. Students will hear recorded whale sounds and spot whales in the water.

Incursion: A CoastEd representative will visit the school to deliver a 60-minute presentation on whales on the Gold Coast. Students will learn about whale and dolphin species on the Gold Coast, their history, behaviour and biology. The activity will close with a handout about whales on the Gold Coast and how to get involved in their protection.

Wild about whales curriculum guide


Key themes: Ecosystems, rocky shores, adaptations, identification techniques and conservation

A CoastEd representative will meet the group at the rocky shores at Burleigh Heads and explain the importance of this environment for coastal protection. Through a rocky shore exploration, students are introduced to the flora and fauna of the area and learn how these have adapted to a constantly changing environment. Students will learn about a range of wildlife including sea cucumbers, limpits, anemones and urchins. Students also complete worksheets as part of the session.

Rocky Rambles Curriculum Guide


Key themes: Ecosystems, mangroves, adaptations, identification techniques and conservation.

A CoastEd representative will meet the group in a mangrove environment in either Currumbin, Burleigh Heads or Paradise Point and explain how mangrove trees are able to adapt to a saltwater environment. Students will learn how to identify mangrove trees, understand current threats to mangroves on the Gold Coast and their importance to coastal protection. The session concludes with an activity using mangrove identification keys, crab identification keys and ph strips.

Magical Mangroves Curriculum Guide


Key themes: Ecosystems, dunes, plant identification, coastal management and sketching.

In this excursion, students will learn about dunes and their importance to our coast. The activity will lead into learning about the plants through a treasure hunt in the dunes using the Coastal Plant pocket guide. As part of the activity, students may need to find a particular plant and then describe, identify and draw it. The session concludes with planting dune plants. As a result, students actively assist in revegetation the dunes.

BeachCare curriculum guide



Key themes: Marine debris, environmental threats and conservation techniques.

This session focuses on the issue of marine debris. A CoastEd representative will deliver a presentation on marine litter, its effects on marine wildlife, how it made its way to the coast and the pacific garbage patch. Students will learn about the types of litter on the coast and what the City of Gold Coast is doing to mitigate this issue. The session concludes with the class split up in groups, with each looking at a marine litter samples. Each group will discuss how the litter may have ended up on the beach and list solutions to preventing litter of Gold Coast beaches.

Plastic Ocean Curriculum guide

Coastal management


Key themes: beach health, dune vegetation, coastal protection, tourism and recreation.

The Gold Coast is renowned for its beautiful white sandy beaches, which support our coastal lifestyle, tourism and flora and fauna. In this program, students receive an introduction to the three important indicators for a healthy beach. They will undertake three different activities using kinetic sand, field guides, and clay, where they will need to create an ideal beach taking coastal protection, ecology and tourism into account. This hands-on activity strongly focuses on STEM skills and creates a fun and challenging competition between the students. All equipment and resources will be provided for this session. For an additional $35, we can include a coastal-themed prize pack valued at $50 for the winning class team, comprising pocket field guides, posters, postcards and more.

Build a beach curriculum guide


Key themes: Coastal processes, shoreline management, beach ecology and coastal environments, history of Gold Coast beaches.

Through an interactive presentation at your school or local beach, students are introduced to the natural processes that shape our coast. Longshore drift is visually explained and our CoastEd representative will highlight the history of the Gold Coast beaches and what coastal management techniques are in place to mitigate natural processes such as erosion.  Depending on the choice of your excursion location, coastal management techniques will be highlighted such as sand bypass systems, beach nourishment and dredging.

Managing our coastline curriculum guide


This is an exciting excursion where students learn about how weather affect our coastline. The CoastEd representative will talk about storms and cyclones in the Gold Coast history. The session will focus on how we protect our coastlines from weather impacts. Students are able to take temperature measurements of the sand, the air and the water. Through the wind speed meters students are able to record how strong the wind is and its direction. Using the cloud chart, students will be able to identify cloud formations. Simple datasheets will be provided for students to record their findings and report on the management in place by City of Gold Coast to protect our shorelines from weather impacts.

Weather and how it affects our coast curriculum guide


Key themes: Geology, sand, use of microscopes, identification techniques and coastal processes

This isession focuses entirely on geology using sand samples from around the world. Students will learn about the origin of sand and the processes involved from rock to sand grain on the beach. Students will be using microscopes to compare a range of samples from hundreds of beaches from around the world and Australia.

Sand Stories curriculum guide

Connect with us

If you’d like more details on CoastEd, call (07) 5552 8823 or email coasted@griffith.edu.au