Earthwatch and Parks Victoria monitoring plants along the Cape Conran Nature Trail Earthwatch Institute

Ricketts Point, VIC

Few studies tell us how Australia’s plants and animals are responding to climate change in our local parks. As part of a unique ClimateWatch in Parks citizen science initiative, Earthwatch Australia have worked together with Parks Victoria and Marine Care Rickett's Point to create this ClimateWatch trail, connecting the coastal community to a nation-wide scientific study that will take teaching outdoors and collect data that will build our understanding of climate change impacts.

Ricketts Point is adjacent to the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary which is of regional environmental significance, containing environmental features including landforms, vegetation, fauna and cultural heritage that are highly valued. The environmental significance of the area makes it a haven for the community to enjoy and learn about the environment and conservation values of Ricketts Point.

Start your walk from Rickett's Point Surf Life Saving Club, keeping near the shore and nearby paths to spot plants and animals. Alternatively, start near the eastern side to explore Table Rock point. Be mindful of tide times, wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen, and have some water with you. These areas can be explored for short or long walks, it's up to you. Some ClimateWatch species may also be encountered while snorkelling.

How to get involved

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have a group visiting the trail and would like to seek support from a local ranger.

 As part of the Department of Education and Training's School Policy for Excursions and Activities, schools must notify the park prior to any visit. For information on how to plan for a field trip and notify the park, please visit the Parks Victoria Teacher Portal here.

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