We're Going to the Great Barrier Reef!

Emma, our favorite curious explorer, is on a mission. Her friend is stuck in the Great Barrier Reef in his glass-bottomed boat, with only one oar! He wrote her to help him recover the missing oar.

We can complete these activities to help recover the missing oar, and we might even make some new friends on the journey. But first, we need learn all we can about this faraway, undersea world.

Did you know that studying the oceans is a real life job? eople who study the ocean and everything that lives in the ocean are called marine biologists. Just like you, they are curious about fish and their homes!

Even though we live on land, it's really important that we take care of our oceans, because they provide us with food, clean air, water, and of course, a place to play in the summertime.

Let's Get Ready for Our Trip!


Emma received a postcard from her friend in Australia- what did it say?

You can download this Journey Journal, or make your own- it's fun to get creative.

She grabs her Journey Journal, her backpack of supplies, and she's ready to go! Click the video to travel with her, then come back her for more fun.

Nice job, Explorer!

The Great Barrier Reef 101

Here is important information for your Journey Journal. You can watch the video from our friends at National Geographic to see this wild undersea world!

Did you know...

  1. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world.
  2. It is found in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
  3. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's LARGEST living structure.
  4. It is made up of around 2900 individual reefs and 900 island.
  5. Astronauts can see the Great Barrier Reef from space.
  6. The Great Barrier Reef is home to a wide range of life, including fish, sea turtles, giant clam, seahorse, sea snakes, nudibranch, sea turtles, stingray, sharks and many more.
  7. Over 1500 different species of fish live in the Great Barrier Reef, including clownfish, star of Finding Nemo!
  8. Whales, dolphins and dugong can also be seen in the Great Barrier Reef.
  9. Climate change is one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef.
  10. Warmer ocean temperatures put stress on coral and lead to coral bleaching- this isn't good as it causes parts of the reef to die.

QUESTION for your Journey Journal: what could people do to protect The Great Barrier Reef?

Make sure you've captured your notes in the Journey Journal!

Great Barrier Reef Reading List

Time to read. Find a quiet spot to read one of these books. What's your favorite sea animal?

The Great Barrier Reef: Activities

Dear Explorers, please complete at least one of these activities. Make sure to tag #wonderexplorersclub so we can celebrate you!

The more you know about the ocean and the world that lives under the sea, the more you can help others learn how important it is to save it.

Under the Sea.... sing it with me now

Final Mission: Make a Home for Herman the Hermit

Poor Herman- Emma tried to cheer him up with jokes but really, he just wants a nice place to live. Can you make him a home?

Well Done, Explorers!

You earned the missing oar!

Make sure to tag us #wonderexplorersclub in your photos so we can celebrate you with our other intrepid explorers.