What is TeachLive?

TeachLive is a fully-funded educational and professional development program that places Australian primary and secondary teachers as research assistants on Earthwatch programs. 

Primary, secondary and specialist school teachers work as research assistants on Earthwatch expeditions, helping scientists with vital data collection, while communicating their experience live back to their students in the classroom via the Teachers Blog and video calling. Students take a virtual scientific expedition with their teacher, providing inspiration, motivation and an opportunity to view their teachers as science role models. 

Objectives of the program

  • Educate teachers and students about Australia’s biodiversity and the importance of conservation 
  • Inspire students to pursue further studies in STEM subjects  
  • Inspire and build confidence of teachers to be scientific role models for their students 
  • Increase the quality of teaching  
  • Encourage teachers to implement biodiversity and conservation projects 

Current TeachLive opportunities 

TeachLive: Protecting Wetlands for the Future 

Applications open now!


Applications for this expedition are now open


Holloways Beach: 12-17th May


Boyne Island: 25-30th August

In this unique Professional Development opportunity you will be working as a research assistant, helping to protect mangroves and our Great Barrier Reef by collecting data in valuable mangrove ecosystems, as they face increasing pressure from human impacts. You will inspire your students in STEM and geography, by teaching them “live” from the field through blogs uploaded to our website and opportunities to video call your class from the field.

WHERE: 1. Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre, Cairns (HBEEC). 
2. Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre, Gladstone (BIEEC).

1. HBEEC - 12-17th May
2. BIEEC - 25-30th August

WHO: Science, geography, marine science or aquatic practices teacher employed at a recognized
education institution located along the Great Barrier Reef coastal region from Hervey Bay to Bamaga, or with capacity to deliver an education program within the GBR coastal region.

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TeachLive: Bush Blitz 

Bush Blitz TeachLive is a FULLY FUNDED Professional Development opportunity. Successful applicants will have a unique opportunity to assist scientists to document plants and animals, and discover new species, as part of the world’s first continent-wide biodiversity survey. The teachers will also share their experiences with their students through blogs on our website.

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Bush Blitz TeachLive 'Australian Alps' expedition.

fully funded professional development opportunity for FIVE motivated primary and high school teachers to join us on our Bush Blitz in the Australian Alps (Pilot Wilderness Area, NSW/VIC border). 

You do not have to be experienced or science-trained to participate – just passionate about science, and about sharing this passion with your students, colleagues, and education networks.  

WHERE:          Pilot Wilderness Area, NSW/VIC Alps
WHEN:            Friday 3rd of February–Friday 10th of February 2023
DURATION:     8 days (6 school days)

WHO:              open to NSW, ACT, VIC and TAS teachers only

Applications for this expedition are now closed

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Teacher Blog 

TeachLive enables school teachers to work as research assistants on Earthwatch expeditions, helping scientists with vital research and data collection, while communicating their experience live back to their students in the classroom via this blog.

Teacher Blog

TeachLive Impact


Past Attendees

Lynette Hillier wins Curtin University School of Education Teaching Excellence Award


Image credit: Western Australian Community Achievement Awards

Lynette participated in our 2022 West Kimberley’s BushBlitz TeachLiveAs a passionate educator, she has created innovative and engaging biology programs for students based on local environmental issues. The Blue Swimmer Crab Monitoring program monitors the health and population of crab stocks in Bunbury. Investigating biodiversity, methods to reduce mosquito populations and rehabilitation are the focus of the Mallokup Wetlands project.

You can read about Lynette’s Bush Blitz TeachLive experience here:

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TeachLive History

Pilot program begins with Victorian teachers 

Seven teachers from WA join the Earthwatch expedition Echidnas & Goannas of Kangaroo Island. 

Teachers from WA teach back to class about whale sharks from Ningaloo Reef. Supported by Woodside Energy. 

Victorian teacher educates live from the Wildlife of Brazil’s Pantanal expedition. Supported by Victoria Electricity.  

Victorian teacher educates live from our Project Manta expedition in Queensland. Supported by Lumo Energy. 

Five Victorian teachers joined scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to help support climate change research in Eastern China’s steamy Zhejiang Province, supported by the Victorian State Government. Fifteen Victorian teachers joined scientists from Edith Cowan University to help protect the native animals of Charles Darwin Reserve in the Western Australian outback.  

TeachLive began an exciting new phase of the program with the launch of Bush Blitz TeachLive. Bush Blitz is Australia's largest nature discovery project to document the plants and animals in properties across Australia, and five teachers had the amazing opportunity to join the Henbury Station Bush Blitz expedition in the remote Northern Territory outback, where they assisted 15 scientists to discover new species of insects and spiders, as well as healthy populations of desert fish. 

The Victorian Department of Education and Training provided funding for six Victorian teachers per year over three years to participate in Earthwatch's Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition. 

Six teachers from across NSW travelled to St Bees Island off the coast of Queensland in the Whitsunday chain of islands, hiking with researchers across the rugged island to better understand how climate change is impacting the wildlife and landscape.