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ClimateWatch in Parks Program news

June 2019

It is our ongoing mission to encourage the Australian public to engage with and understand their natural environment. We also want to inspire a new, younger generation of natural scientists to get out into the great outdoors and contribute to our understanding of the global climate and its effects on our national wildlife.

We are currently working with Parks Victoria to deliver our latest initiative: ClimateWatch in Parks. The program offers the opportunity for teachers and community members to attend a training workshop at one of our ClimateWatch trail sites, giving the chance for participants to visit natural wildlife hotspots first hand and immediately put the training we provide into practice.

Participants learn how to use our specialised, app-based wildlife recording system to take pictures and record behaviours that are then added to our national database, providing valuable data to scientists studying our climate.

Participants also receive teaching resources that help to integrate the ClimateWatch in Parks program into their school’s curriculum, and are encouraged to plan activities and projects that make use of the ClimateWatch facilities. We also provide information through both the training courses and our online resources on how to identify animals and plants in our national parks, as well as tips on when to look out for the main, indicator species.

ClimateWatch in Parks offers a great opportunity for students to conduct their own individual studies in controlled yet wild environments, while also contributing to national and international research into climate change and phenology. Applications for our upcoming training courses at a number of our ClimateWatch trail sites are open now:

Our recent PD workshops at Venus Baths, Cape Conran and Anakie Gorge were a resounding success, with very satisfied participants going away with valuable information to pass on to their students and fellow colleagues. We even spotted the first two koalas at Anakie since the training course and trail were set up (we recorded them in our ClimateWatch app of course)!

Monitoring ClimateWatch plants

Nadiah Roslan and Deirdre Murphy identifying ClimateWatch indicator plants, Anakie Gorge. 


Written by Jordan Champ