Citizen science involves public participation by volunteer citizens, in partnership with scientists, land managers and community organisations, participating in scientific, monitoring and research endeavours with the aim of increasing scientific knowledge for community and park management benefit.
Participating in citizen science programs is a fun way to spend time in nature while at the same time contributing to important scientific research and supporting our amazing biodiversity. You can enjoy the health benefits of spending time outdoors, connect with others and learn something new about the environment!
There are many opportunities to get involved in citizen science. You can find Citizen Science activities to join through Parks Victoria’s volunteering portal ParkConnect by searching the Activity Type; Environmental monitoring, survey and research We will also feature Citizen Science programs below as they are offered.
To find citizen science activities in your local area visit the ParkConnect portal.
Citizen Science Feature Programs
Great Southern BioBlitz: Oct 22nd – 25th
Join Parks Victoria for the annual Great Southern BioBlitz from Oct 22nd- 25th! Using the iNaturalist app, the Great Southern Bioblitz is a yearly opportunity to participate in a global biodiversity survey across the entire southern hemisphere! You can be in a park, at the beach, walking through your neighbourhood, or simply in your own backyard.
Grab your camera or smartphone and head outdoors to capture the diversity of plants and animals and upload them to the iNaturalist app. By capturing what you see, you’ll help Australian researchers monitor species occurrences and movements in your local area while also contributing to worldwide research on biodiversity.
To join us for the Great Southern BioBlitz sign up here.
The Sea Search program is a great way to learn and explore the marine environment while collecting important information on its health and condition. There are a range of activities to suit all experience levels. Sea Search activities occur both on shore and in the water.
For more information visit the Sea Search webpage.
We have partnered with Earthwatch Australia to help gather important knowledge about the effects of climate change through their national program, ClimateWatch. Through regularly walking a trail and making observations in the ClimateWatch app you are helping us build a robust dataset that will shape Australia’s scientific response to climate change.
For more information about ClimateWatch and lots more trails, visit their website.
The Great Australian Platypus Search
The platypus is an Australian icon and this project provides the opportunity for the community to play a role in protecting the platypus, aquatic vertebrates and Australian waterways
for many years to come. To find out more and get involved, visit their website.
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