ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

ClimateWatch in Parks Program

Updated 30 Mar 2020
 

The following May 2020 workshops will be delivered online via Zoom. For more information and to participate visit here

  • Thu 7 May, Tidal River Wilson's Promontory
  • Wed 13 May, Gresswell Nature Conservation Reserve
 
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 ClimateWatch Trail - Kennington Reservoir | Grassy Flat Bushland Reserve, Bendigo. Image: Earthwatch Australia.
 
 
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. 
 

Applications are currently open to schools and community groups in the regions of:

  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
  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 - coming soon!
  13. as well as communities near existing ClimateWatch trails at Wilson's Promontory, Yarra Bend and Organ Pipes National Park

To apply, please complete a program application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGSHVHX

 Small travel grants may become available in 2020 for participating schools and organisations. Contact nroslan@earthwatch.org.au for more information
 
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?
Program participants will attend a professional development workshop or online webinar, receive ClimateWatch resources (including free curriculum resources), training in the ClimateWatch app, training in ClimateWatch species identification and phenology monitoring. 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 raise these with ClimateWatch Program Manager, Nadiah Roslan
E: nroslan@earthwatch.org.au
T: 03 9016 7590


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