ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

Taroona High School

17 January 2020

Taroona High School ClimateWatch Trail

Hobart, Tasmania

This is a private trail developed for use by the staff and students at Taroona High School in Hobart, Tasmania, however ClimateWatch sightings can be submitted by anyone, anywhere in Australia. Community members enjoying the Taroona Foreshore Track are also welcome to contribute ClimateWatch sightings through the free mobile app or website.

If you are interested in creating a similar trail for your school, please contact us and review our Create a Trail page.

For more information about the school please visit:                                     

https://taroonahigh.education.tas.edu.au/

Situated on the southern riverside of greater Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, Taroona High School is a co-educational school from grades 7 to 10. Taroona High School is committed to a vision of being a leading centre of innovation, creativity and excellence in teaching and learning, and the ClimateWatch trail on the school grounds is the first to be delivered in Tasmania!

Joining a network of ClimateWatch trails across Australia, the school's ClimateWatch trail offers a unique, immersive learning and phenology monitoring tool that connects staff and students to their local natural environment. Created in January 2020, the ClimateWatch trail can be used as part of the science curriculum throughout the school, helping to teach about climate change, phenology and biodiversity. The more monitoring events that occur along the trail, the greater the chance of understanding key phenology events, such as first flowering and bird nesting. These behaviours are known to be shifting with climate change. Monitoring activities can be a short visit for as little as ten minutes or an hour long walk. The biological data collected by the school can be used for other STEM subjects such as mathematics. 

Few studies have been conducted on the impact of climate change on Australia’s plants and animals over time and, as part of the unique ClimateWatch experience at Taroona High School, staff and students can contribute their seasonal sightings to a nation-wide scientific study. Free educational resources are available to compliment use of the ClimateWatch trail: https://www.climatewatch.org.au/for-educators. Students are encouraged to think globally, act locally and make a difference! 

The ClimateWatch trail at Taroona High partially falls along the popular Taroona Foreshore Track which offers beautiful views of the Derwent River, crossing the coastline amongst remnant coastal bushland by Hinsby and Taroona beaches. The coastal foreshore and gullies leading into it are cared for by local volunteer groups, the Taroona Environment Network.

Why get involved?

  • Learn how climate change is affecting our wildlife.
  • Learn about phenology and why it's important to monitor these seasonal cycles.
  • Contribute to a national climate change study and make a real difference in your local community!

How to get involved?

  • Download the free mobile app to records your sightings
  • Alternatively you can download the recording sheet and species guide from this page to mark your observations. Remember to enter all your observations into the ClimateWatch website when you get back to a computer, remembering that photos are required to help us validate your records
  • The trail can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you.
  • Retrieve your ClimateWatch records under 'My Sightings'. Trail coordinators can contact climatewatch@earthwatch.org.au to obtain a copy of all the raw data collected along the trail