Nature Next Door — Citizen Science

Nature Next Door — Real Science, Real impact. Become a Citizen Scientist and get involved in the collection and monitoring of scientific data on local biodiversity.

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Whether you have a passion for the natural environment, love being outdoors, want to learn more or spend time with like minded people our Nature Next Door program has something for everyone.

What is Nature Next Door?

Nature Next Door is a citizen science program that aims to bring the community together to learn about and celebrate our natural environment.

The program contributes to real scientific databases and helps drive conservation action, management decisions and environmental sustainability. It is critical to understand biodiversity in urban environments in order to protect it.

We hold regular family friendly events and also offer free Nature Next Door sessions for schools and professional development for teachers.

The program is free for residents, schools, community groups and businesses.

This program:

  • provides opportunities for you to connect with other community members and network with professionals
  • impacts real science that goes towards ensuring there is a future for our native species
  • is suitable for all ages, with kids activities
  • Borrow ‘Nature Explorer’ backpacks from our libraries

How to get involved?

Signup to one or all of our Nature Next Door events. Get in quick as space is limited.

8 December — Observing Insect-pollinators in Action at Rippon Lea Estate

Do your own monitoring

Conduct your own monitoring in your backyard, school or local park.

To monitor insects, download the CAUL Urban Wildlife app. 

To monitor frogs, download the Frog Census app.

To monitor birds, download the Aussie Bird Count app (during October) and the Birdata app (the rest of the year). link

All apps are free and available on Apple or Android devices. For more information please email or call 95243333