Since our journey began, Earthwatch has supported world-class research based on our citizen science model. We build bridges between science, people and nature by providing transformational learning experiences in extraordinary locations around the world to create long-term behaviour change towards the environment.

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 over 100,000 lives 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 1,350 conservation research projects in over 120 countries engaging ~100,000 people who have contributed more than 10,000,000 hours of data collection globally.