Connecting people with nature is one of the most effective means of changing people’s perception and enthusiasm for the environment. Our citizen science and community engagement initiatives provide an ideal chance for people to get involved directly in conservation and gain a greater understanding and respect for it.

Connecting people with nature through citizen science and community engagement

Citizen science engages members of the public to take part in scientific research studies by assisting to collect data about wildlife or natural areas. This enables a range of people, from those with little prior knowledge of Australian wildlife to experienced amateur naturalists, to make a difference to the environment around them.

What do our citizen scientists do?

If you take part in one of our citizen science projects, you will be collecting data about wildlife or natural areas. Any records you make are added to publically accessible databases, such as the Atlas of Living Australia and BioNet. This means that the data from our citizen science surveys can be viewed and used to inform decision makers.

Get involved

NPA currently runs three citizen science and community engagement projects, Bush Mates, Who’s Living on my LandDragons of Sydney and Bringing the Buzz Back to the Cumberland Plain Woodland, with more in the pipeline. For additional information on any of these projects email citizenscience@npansw.org.au.