Earthwatch partners with all levels of government

We work with local councils, state park authorities and land managers such as botanic gardens, as well as state departments and federal offices and bureaus across multiple ministerial portfolios including: education, environment, science & innovation, and meteorology.

Citizen Science: connecting people with nature through research and education

Earthwatch uses citizen science to inspire behaviour change in people and to work alongside leading scientists collecting critical research data used to combat some of the planet’s most crucial environmental challenges.

Citizen science is an extremely powerful tool that enables:

  • data collection at scale for scientific research that informs policy and management strategies
  • practical education in nature that increases scientific literacy and knowledge within society
  • people to connect with environmental issues personally and motivates positive action towards the environment

Anyone at any age and background can be involved in environmental research. Earthwatch scientists co-create programs that are scientifically robust, where people can engage directly with the research without formal training, adhere to the strictest health and safety standards to keep our participants safe, and focus on research that is critical to deliver commitments to the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Community Engagement and SDGs

Earthwatch provides many services that deliver government priorities.

Climate Resilient Communities

A nature-based citizen science program designed to facilitate high quality learning around local climate impacts, and adaptation and mitigation strategies for local climate action. The program engages people in real science and Climate Action (SDG13).

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Scientist for a Day programs

Citizen Science workshops developed across a number of critical environmental research programs.

  • Mangroves and wetlands habitats: training non-scientists on monitoring techniques for restoring mangrove and wetland habitats crucial for a host of ecosystem services.
  • ClimateWatch: observe nature, help science. Participants are taken on guided walks of Climatewatch Trails. The day introduces people to the significance of biodiversity on healthy ecosystems, the impact of climate change on local biodiversity, the importance of the data collected on the day (contributing to climate research used at the national level).
  • Bees with Backpacks: involving participants in global research to understand the behaviours of honey bees and why their populations are declining so rapidly. Participants learn about the importance of pollinators and the services they provide to food production, food security, and sustainable agriculture.

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ClimateWatch Trails and Environment Stewards

Co-created programs that connect members of the community to nature. Educate communities on climate change, climate adaptation and mitigation, and inspire climate action. These programs provide bespoke research materials, on-going data collection support, and form networks of environmental stewards and community volunteers, leading guided walks on ClimateWatch trails developed in partnership with the community, land manager, or local council. These programs deliver volunteer engagement opportunities, community connections, and promote increased wellbeing through reconnecting with nature.

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Government Partnerships


Bush Blitz our partnership with BHP and the Australian Government


Strategic Partnerships (SPP)

Parks Victoria


Living Melbourne

ClimateWatch Trails