Be a citizen scientist

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Our community programs help you learn more about your natural environment and local habitats, and help us better track the health of our waterways.

We have training and programs for people of all ages - and partnerships with councils, schools and community groups - so you can build on your knowledge and make a meaningful contribution to your local area.  

The data you collect could contribute to scientific research, management planning and on-ground actions that improve the health of our rivers, creeks and wetlands. 

  • COVID-19 UPDATE: Like many businesses, we are doing our part to assist in limiting the spread of the COVID-19. This involves changing the way we are working including enabling staff to work from home and implementing social distancing practices.
  • This has an impact on upcoming scheduled Waterwatch meetings, workshops and events, including all upcoming scheduled Waterwatch program events (incorporating Water Quality testing, Waterbug Census, Frog Census, Platypus Census and Litter Action). 
  • As a result of this new way of working, we are unable to hold any upcoming sessions involving face-to-face activities or meetings until further notice.

Join a program from your community

You can participate in monitoring waterway health from your own backyard or nature reserve:  

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Education resources

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Our digital resources include curriculum with lesson sequences, mindful colouring for ages, fact sheets, posters, videos and apps.

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River Detectives

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Schools can apply to take part in this sustainability program at the end of Term 4 each year.

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Wetlands video series

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These videos focus on animals, birds, drainage, community groups, history and plants of the Edithvale-Seaford Wetland.


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Waterwatch Victoria

Learn how this state-wide program has been connecting local communities with waterway health and sustainable water management issues since 1993. Subscribe to news or view, query and download water quality data collected by citizen scientists.

Last updated:
12 June 2020