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In this session, students will gain insights into the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef and Pacific cultures.

Museum educator led program (Stage 4 - Stage 5)

Climate change is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and humanity. In this lesson, we draw on the research of marine biologists from the Australian Museum Lizard Island research station, and Pacific culture experts, to provide students with an insight into the profound impact climate change is having on the Great Barrier Reef and Pacific cultures.

Students will get their hands wet as they investigate how global warming results in rising sea levels, and how carbon dioxide affects the chemistry of the oceans. They’ll perform a virtual coral transect to learn how scientists measure coral bleaching and how this will affect biodiversity, ecosystem balance and local communities.

Secondary Education 2018
Students from Greenpoint Christian School participate in an Educator led session on Climate Change and Biodiversity. Permissions for photogrpahy were granted by the parents and school. Image: Abram Powell
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Educator led program details

Curriculum links

NSW (incorporating Australian Curriculum)


Stage 4

LW5 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to conserving and managing sustainable ecosystems. Students:
b. describe interactions between organisms in food chains and food webs, including producers, consumers and decomposers (ACSSU112)
d. predict how human activities can affect interactions in food chains and food webs, including examples from Australian land or marine ecosystems (ACSSU112)
e. explain, using examples, how scientific evidence and/or technological developments contribute to developing solutions to manage the impact of natural events on Australian ecosystems


Stage 5

ES3. People use scientific knowledge to evaluate claims, explanations or predictions in relation to interactions involving the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere. Students:
c. evaluated scientific evidence of some current issues affecting society that are the result of human activity on global systems, e.g. the greenhouse effect, ozone layer depletion, effect of climate change on sea levels, long-term effects of waste management and loss of biodiversity

LW2. Conserving and maintaining the quality and sustainability of the environment requires scientific understanding of interactions within, the cycling of matter and the flow of energy through ecosystems. Students:
a. recall that ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment (ACSSU176)
d. analyse how changes in some biotic and abiotic components of an ecosystem affect populations and/or communities

Costs, duration, group size and availability

Cost: $10 (GST included) per student with a minimum cost of $100 per session. General entry to the Australian Museum is free for school students.

Duration: 60 minutes per session

Group size: Up to 30 students per session (4 sessions per day)

Availability: Monday-Friday during school term

Supervision ratios

Students need to be supervised at all times while at the Australian Museum. There is no set supervision ratio, however we allow free entry for teachers and accompanying adults at the following ratios:

  • 1:4 for pre- and primary school groups
  • 1:10 for secondary school groups
  • 1:15 for tertiary or English language student groups.
  • 1:1 for students with additional needs

Additional teachers or accompanying adults above these ratios will incur a cost.

Booking information

Make a booking

Phone: (02) 9320 6222 or (+612) 9320 6222 for international visitors
Email: group.bookings@austmus.gov.au or complete the form on the bottom of the page

When making a booking or enquiry, please provide the following information:

  • Name of the person arranging the excursion and their contact details (including email and phone)
  • Name and address of the school/organisation
  • Which educator-led program and/or self-guided exhibition visit you'd like
  • 3 possible dates for the excursion (in case your first preference is not available)
  • Approximate number of students
  • School year group or level of the students

Confirmation, payment and cancellation

A booking confirmation will be provided by email once your booking is confirmed.

Cancellations made within 7 days of your booking date and “no shows” will incur the full cost for the booking.

Cancellations must be made in writing (by email to Group.Bookings@austmus.gov.au) and you will be provided written confirmation of the cancellation.

Payment can be made on the day by cash, cheque (made out to the Australian Museum), EFTPOS or credit card, or alternatively an invoice can be provided after the visit. We are unable to process individual payments for students/adults in the group.

Planning your visit

Getting here

There is more information on getting to the Australian Museum including details of parking and public transport available here. There is limited street parking for buses on College St, near St Mary’s Cathedral.

When you arrive

  • Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your booked session, to allow time to get through admissions, cloak bags (if required), use the toilets etc.
  • When you arrive you will need to provide admissions staff with your booking confirmation number, school name and student numbers for the day. If you have booked through an external provider, you will need to provide the name of this organisation.
  • A Museum staff member will be on hand to greet your group. They will brief the students about how to move around the Museum and direct you to areas of the Museum you intend to visit.
  • In the event of a late arrival to the Museum or a booked session, some parts of the session may need to be cut from the program to keep to the scheduled finish time.
  • Students are encouraged to take photos, video and/or audio to record their excursion. Some temporary exhibitions do not allow photography but you will be advised of this on arrival.
  • Teachers and supervising adults are required to stay with their groups at all times.
  • Disciplining of students remains the responsibility of teachers and supervising adults accompanying the group.

Cloaking, food and drink

  • There is limited bag storage available on site. It is recommended that students just bring a small carry bag with the essentials for the day, however if required, storage can be provided depending on availability.
  • There is no space for large groups to have recess or lunch inside the Museum. There is undercover outdoor space –The Garden – which is accessible from William Street. Alternatively, Hyde Park is just opposite the Museum across College St and Cook & Philip Park is across William Street. In the event of wet weather, we can provide a space for students to eat within the Museum.
  • Create Consultants operate food and dining options on site at the Australian Museum. For groups, lunchboxes can be ordered up to 5 working days before your visit. For details, and to order, please contact amevents@createconsultants.com.au or 9320 6182.


  • Please let us know when booking if your students have any additional needs or learning difficulties so we can plan to accommodate where possible during the visit.
  • The Australian Museum provides access to all areas for those in wheelchairs and mobility vehicles. Further information on accessibility is available here.

Contact Group Bookings Office