ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

ClimateWatch in Parks Program

Updated 02 July 2020

No workshops are currently scheduled for 2020. Please contact climatewatch@earthwatch.org.au for further information and to receive free ClimateWatch resources

lake catani

Lake Catani, Mt Buffalo National Park, April 2008 | Flickr Creative Commons, Takver
 
 
Delivering a ClimateWatch in Parks program to Victoria

In partnership with Parks Victoria, Earthwatch is connecting schools and community groups to their Parks and neighbourhoods and training them to monitor local plants and animals for climate change impacts.
 

While the COVID-19 situation requires us to stay indoors as much as possible, we can use the free ClimateWatch app and website to observe nature from our loungeroom windows, our backyards and our local neighbourhoods. Parks Victoria sites can be used to showcase the amazing plants and animals we are monitoring for climate change impacts across the State, and the wonderful places we can visit when it is safe to. 

 
ClimateWatch Trail - Bendigo 

River Red-Gums along a the ClimateWatch Trail at Bendigo and students along the Grampians ClimateWatch Trail at Venus Baths | Earthwatch Australia & Parks Victoria.

 

About the program

Thanks to generous support from the VIC Department of Education and Training Strategic Parternships Program and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, 13 new ClimateWatch trails will be developed across regional Victoria over 2018 - 2020. Through Earthwatch Australia's innovative ClimateWatch mobile app, Victorian schools and community groups will collect images and record behavioural and geographical data on select species along their local ClimateWatch trail or in their neighbourhood. 

ClimateWatch trails have been delivered at:

  1. Bendigo, City of Greater Bendigo
  2. Shepparton, City of Greater Shepparton
  3. Morwell National Park, La Trobe
  4. Bellarine Peninsula, City of Greater Geelong (Ocean Grove Nature Reserve & Barwon Coast, including Barwon Bluff)
  5. Rickett's Point, Bayside
  6. Venus Baths, Halls Gap, Northern Grampians
  7. Anakie Gorge, Moorabool/Golden Plains/City of Greater Geelong
  8. Cape Conran, East Gippsland
  9. Kings Billabong, Mildura
  10. Serendip Sanctuary, Lara 
  11. Lake Catani, Mt Buffalo
  12. Gresswell Nature Conservation Reserve, Bundoora
  13. Haining Farm, Yarra Ranges - coming soon! As well as existing ClimateWatch trails at
  14. Wilson's Promontory
  15. Yarra Bend and
  16. Organ Pipes National Park
 

Why get involved?

  • Connect students and community members to real-world citizen science and STEM-learning activities
  • Build partnerships in your local area
  • Get access to free climate change science, geography and maths curriculum resources - all mapped to the Australian Curriculum
  • Contribute local data to Australia's national phenology network, ClimateWatch - the first citizen science program of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Help increase scientific knowledge that will inform management and intervention strategies
  • Connect to your local biodiversity and make a difference in your community by monitoring how local plants and animals are responding to climate change
 

What will be provided?

From June 2020, program participants will receive ClimateWatch resources (including training videos and free curriculum resources). Participating schools will also be supported locally by Earthwatch, Parks Victoria rangers and community groups throughout the program.

 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Earthwatch team
E: climatewatch@earthwatch.org.au
T: 03 9016 7590


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