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ClimateWatch in Parks

Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia are partnering to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change. The partnership will bring park visitors, nature enthusiasts, students, contractors, park staff, and the general public together with climate change scientists through ClimateWatch; and connect schools and community groups to their parks and neighbourhoods.

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.

Our recent training 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 the ClimateWatch app of course).

Why get involved?

  • Build partnerships in your local area and get to know the biodiversity around you
  • Connect students and community members to real-world citizen science and STEM-learning activities
  • Get access to free climate change science, geography and maths curriculum resources (aligned to the Australian curriculum)
  • Contribute local data to Australia's national phenology network - ClimateWatch
  • Help increase scientific knowledge that will inform climate change management and intervention strategies
  • Make a difference in your community by regularly monitoring how local plants and animals are affected by the climate crisis

About Parks Victoria

Our parks and reserves system protects many important environments but sits in a broader landscape that is changing. They play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, providing clean air and water, regulating climate, maintaining healthy waterways, preventing soil erosion, maintaining genetic resources, providing habitat for native species, and pollination.

Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse estate covering more than 4 million hectares (about 17%) of Victoria. This area includes national parks, urban parks, large wilderness areas, and 70% of Victoria’s coastline. Parks Victoria also manages a representative system of marine national parks and sanctuaries, and are the local port manager for Port Phillip Bay, Western Port, and Port Campbell and the waterway manager for the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.

Parks Victoria ClimateWatch trails:

  • Bendigo, City of Greater Bendigo
  • Shepparton, City of Greater Shepparton
  • Morwell National Park, La Trobe
  • Bellarine Peninsula, City of Greater Geelong (Ocean Grove Nature Reserve & Barwon Coast, including Barwon Bluff)
  • Rickett's Point, Bayside
  • Venus Baths, Halls Gap, Northern Grampians
  • Anakie Gorge, Moorabool/Golden Plains/City of Greater Geelong
  • Cape Conran, East Gippsland
  • Kings Billabong, Mildura
  • Serendip Sanctuary, Lara
  • Lake Catani, Mt Buffalo
  • Gresswell Nature Conservation Reserve, Bundoora
  • Haining Farm, Yarra Ranges
  • Wilson's Promontory
  • Yarra Bend Park
  • Organ Pipes National Park

Thanks to generous support from the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Inspiring Australia Strategic Parternships Program, and the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, 13 new ClimateWatch trails have been created across regional Victoria over 2018 - 2020.

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