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Nature Next Door — Citizen Science Program

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.

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

Nature Explorer Backpack

We need everyone’s help to collect data on the insects, frogs and birds that call Glen Eira home.

To help, we have created a nature explorer backpack for you to borrow.

The backpacks are filled with fun and educational tools for learning and  celebrating our natural environment.

Spot birds with binoculars, track mammals at night with a flash light, inspect insects and plants under a microscope and record your findings in your very own nature explorer journal.

The backpacks can be rented from all Glen Eira Libraries and are suitable for children aged six to 12.