ClimateWatch in Parks Program
In partnership with Parks Victoria, Earthwatch is connecting schools and community groups to their Parks and training them to monitor local plants and animals for climate change impacts.
- Connect students and community members to real-world citizen science.
- 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. Find out more about the ClimateWatch program here.
- Help increase scientific knowledge that will inform Park Victoria's management and intervention strategies for species and ecosystems at risk.
- Connect to your local park and make a difference in your community by monitoring how the biodiversity in your area is responding to climate change.
Program participants will attend a professional development workshop, 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 Parks Victoria rangers and community groups throughout the program.
In August 2018, applications will become open to schools and community groups in the regions of:
- Morwell (South Gippsland, La Trobe and Baw Baw)
- Grampians National Park (Ararat, Pyrenees, Grampians and Horsham)
- Barwon Coast (Geelong, Golden Plains, Surf Coast, Queenscliffe)
- Rickett's Point (metropolitan LGA with an interest in engaging with lower SFOE schools)
To register your interest and receive a link to future application rounds, please email your full name, address and contact number to email@example.com with 'ClimateWatch in Parks' as the subject line.
- Minimum one teacher to attend ClimateWatch PD workshop alongside other teachers and participating groups (the 3 hour workshop will run outside of teaching hours to accommodate teachers)
- Partnering with a minimum of one local community group to undertake at least one monitoring activity per year at their local ClimateWatch trail (Community Engagement Rangers can be available to assist in the first monitoring activity and community groups can provide ongoing expertise in local flora and fauna)
- Embedding the ClimateWatch program into core school activities, or integrating ClimateWatch to an existing school subject or program (the workshop will provide participants with free ClimateWatch resources including curriculum resources, biodiversity monitoring tips and project planning activities)
- Training a further 2 teachers in their school/geographic region to ensure continuity and growth of the program in regional school networks.
- Attend ClimateWatch PD workshop alongside teachers and other participating groups
- Support participating local school in ongoing monitoring of trails by providing expert knowledge on local flora and fauna
- Utilise network to engage more schools