Waterwatch and citizen science
Waterwatch is one of our most popular programs and provides hands-on outdoor learning for students.
Waterwatch is a water quality monitoring and catchment education program that provides you with an opportunity to make a difference to your local creek, river, dam or wetland.
We offer free in-class education and training sessions to help you get involved with regular monitoring of your local waterways – we’ll even help you find a site to monitor.
Ideally, water testing snapshots are completed once a term (usually around Week 8) and entered onto the Waterwatch database. You can either send your data to us for entry or we can provide you with your own log in. The database provides statewide data that you can use with your students in a variety of ways.
Waterwatch incorporates many STEM skills, with students using equipment to test salinity, turbidity and pH and identifying macroinvertebrates,
Help children identify macroinvertebrates, and learn about why they’re important to aquatic environments and what they can tell us about water quality.
Community-based monitoring (otherwise known as citizen science) is valued by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board - various programs, resources and support are available to enable you to participate and increase your knowledge.
There are many opportunities for schools to get involved in citizen science. Students can help monitor birds, frogs, turtles, bats and more. Contact your Education Officer for more information.