Coral reefs play an important role in our tourism and fishing industries, providing food, recreation and shoreline protection for us all. Many important medicines have been found from creatures that live on coral reefs. The BREEF Virtual Coral Reef Field Trip (VCRFT) toolkit includes a 25-min short film with interactive extras, an educator’s guide and the ‘Life on the Bahamian Coral Reef’ poster. The VCRFT is an important learning resource, developed by BREEF with funding from the Atlantis Blue Project Foundation. It is designed for use in Bahamian schools because there can be challenges with taking students on an actual coral reef field trip.
This tool kit exposes students to some of the wonders of the Bahamian coral reef without them ever leaving their classrooms or homes. It also lays the groundwork for further field studies on coral reefs and other ecosystems.
Through use of the tools provided in this kit, students develop their scientific processing skills and gain an appreciation for the need for conservation of coral reefs both locally and globally. It provides an enriching and engaging classroom experience for students learning about coral reef ecosystems.