Be a citizen scientist

Two children inspect water bugs in a white tub.

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. 

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:
    We’re continuing doing our part to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes changing the way we work to follow physical distancing practices. As a result, all Waterwatch workshops and events will be held online where possible, or postponed or suspended until further notice.
  • We are working with our Waterwatch volunteer groups to transition to a safe return to field activities, where state health guidelines can be followed. Before starting any activity, contact your program manager for advice on program-specific safety requirements and to receive a copy of our COVID-19 Control Plan.

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:
26 November 2020