Teacher Professional Development: Seal Spotter Citizen Science with Phillip Island Nature Parks

Australian Fur Seal pup Photographer: John Turnbull

Do you want to include some great citizen science in your classroom and expand your knowledge of coastal ecosystems?

The Seal Spotter program is a  full-day Professional Development opportunity at Phillip Island Nature Park for all VCE Enviro Science teachers and any high school teachers keen to include real scientific data in their classrooms.

With Phillip Island Nature Park (PINP) staff you will workshop and develop research questions as an exemplar for classroom based practices and SAC investigations.  Areas of focus may include comparing age classes of seals, distribution and abundance, entanglements, marked vs unmarked individuals, as well as the social questions surrounding the soundness of the citizen science itself.

Teachers will conduct their own study, analyse the data and present their findings on the day.

During this PD with EEV and the Phillip Island Nature Park staff, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Explore Phillip Island’s unique biodiversity and learn about the history of PINP
  • Investigate “Seal Spotter”, an exciting new citizen science platform assisting research into Australian Fur Seal colonies.
  • Develop your skills in designing and trialling research questions.
  • Voyage out to Seal Rocks aboard the EcoBoat.
  • Meet and mingle with colleagues.
  • Lunch is provided. Please advise of dietary requirements at time of booking.

This event is in partnership with Phillip Island Nature Parks.

The Seal Spotter project exemplifies an inspiring learning opportunity for students with the potential for real world management implications beyond the project itself. Find out more abut the project here.

COST (includes GST)

  • $175 EEV members
  • $250 non-members

Phillip Island Nature Park, Cowes, Phillip Island



Ticket Type Price Spaces
EEV Member Ticket $175.00
Non-member Ticket $250.00