ClimateWatch

An initiative of Earthwatch Institute

ClimateWatch in Parks Program

16 July 2018
 
 
Delivering a ClimateWatch in Parks program to regional Victoria

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. 
 
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. Once new trail locations are confirmed for the ClimateWatch in Parks program, local schools and community groups will be invited to apply to participate in the program through an online application form.
 
What trails have been developed? 
As of June 2018, the program has connected schools and communities to new ClimateWatch trails in Shepparton (Reedy Swamp) and Bendigo (Grassy Flat Bushland Reserve).
 
Why get involved?
  • 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.
 
What will be provided?
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.
 
 

Applications are now 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 apply, or to register interest, please complete a program application form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGSHVHX

 

The program commitments are listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to raise these with ClimateWatch Program Manager, Nadiah Roslan
E: nroslan@earthwatch.org.au
T: 03 9016 7590

School Expectations:
  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. Training a further 2 teachers in their school/geographic region to ensure continuity and growth of the program in regional school networks.
Community group Expectations:

 

  1. Attend ClimateWatch PD workshop alongside teachers and other participating groups
  2. Support participating local school in ongoing monitoring of trails by providing expert knowledge on local flora and fauna
  3. Utilise network to engage more schools