TeachLive Expeditions

Daintree's Hidden Coastline

From the 6 - 12 May 2018 five teachers from across Australia will travel to the Daintree Rainforest in north Queenslland to act as research assistants on Earthwatch Australia's Daintree's Hidden Coastline expedition.

Click on the teachers' names below to read their blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research they were undertaking:

Louise Goldwater from Melbourne Girls Grammar

Shelley Sutherland from Melbourne Girls Grammar

Janet Price from Northgate State School

Malcolm Rogers from Cowell Area School

Craig Lobb from Shell Harbour Anglican College

Project Manta Ningaloo Reef

From 8th - 14th October 2017 Annette Hendrix from Shailer Park State High School in Queensland will join researchers in their quest to collect ecological data on the diverse species that live in the clear waters of Ningaloo Reef.

Along with the other Earthwatch volunteers participating in the expedition, Annette will be contribute to the collection of critical information on the habitat use, movement and behaviour of manta rays, which will help to improve the management and protection of this species. They will also gather data on the impact of tourism and other human activities on other elasmobranchs, including numerous species of benthic ray and reef sharks.

Click here to read Annette's blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research she is undertaking.

Click here if you are interested in finding out about how you can contribute to the conservation of manta rays and other species, by participating in the Project Manta Ningaloo Reef expedition.

Australia's Changing Islands expedition

From the 20 - 27 May 2017 six teachers from across New South Wales travelled to St Bees Island in north Queenslland to act as research assistants on Earthwatch's Australia's Changing Islands expedition.

Click on the teachers' names below to read their blogs, view photos of the expedition and find out more about the research they were undertaking:

Kate Sommerville, from Bellingen Public School

Brett Bennett, from Bishop Druitt College in Coffs Harbour

Greg McCroary, from Bringelly Public School

Leah Anforth, from Orama Public School in Thora

Robyn Julian, from St Scholastica's College in Glebe

Jacqueline Thomas, from Victoria Avenue Public School in Concord West

Following the expedition the teachers will be using their new scientific research skills to engage their students in environmental monitoring projects in partnership with local land managers, as part of the Protecting New South Wales bushland through citizen science project.

The project and expedition are funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation [Eldon & Anne Foote Trust Donor Advised Program 2016]. To find out more about the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation go to https://www.lmcf.org.au.

Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation - logo

Exploring Australia's Underwater Meadows

To help ensure our marine life continues into the future Earthwatch Australia and the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria partnered to send teachers on Earthwatch's Exploring Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The teachers on these expeditions, who were selected from schools around Victoria, worked with scientists from Healthy Waterways to figure out exactly how pollutants from Brisbane are affecting Moreton Bay. The teachers acted as field assistants, and helped scientists by snorkeling, boating, and wading in the bay, while collecting vital data on the sediment, seagrass, and small fish and marine animals living there to determine how humans are changing the ecosystem.

Click on the teachers' names below to view the blogs, photos and videos they post during the expedition, or to see the lesson plans and activities they created for students:

2015 expedition

Earthwatch acknowledges the support of the Department of Education and Training through the Strategic Partnerships Program