Since our journey began, Earthwatch has supported world-class research on our expeditions in some of the wildest places on Earth.
Starting from our roots as Educational Expeditions International in 1971, when four scientists from the Smithsonian Institution led volunteers to study volcanoes worldwide. Earthwatch has changed the hearts and minds of many and driven positive change across the globe all for the benefit of our precious and only planet.
The first expedition takes place in Ethiopia’s Amaro Mountains and Educational Expeditions International becomes an international funder of scientific field research
Earthwatch launches its first teacher program
Earthwatch Australia is founded, initially located in Sydney later moving to Melbourne
The Earthwatch Student Challenge Program begins and Earthwatch Europe is founded in Oxford, UK
Earthwatch Japan is founded in Tokyo
Earthwatch begins the largest-ever employee engagement program focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility
Earthwatch Australia receives the Prime Minister’s Award for Australian Environmentalist of the Year, for outstanding achievement at a national and international level
Earthwatch celebrates its 40th anniversary, having invested in more than thousands of conservation research projects in over 120 countries engaging more than 100,000 people who have contributed millions of hours of data collection globally.
Having been established 10 years after its American counterpart, Earthwatch Australia celebrates 40 years in 2022.