Using Citizen Science in Gardening

Using Citizen Science in Gardening

Online Class Delivered Via Zoom

Live via Zoom


Learn about the fascinating world of Citizen Science and discover how you can actively contribute to conservation efforts and how this data can help you in your garden. This engaging workshop is divided into three parts, each offering valuable insights and practical knowledge on how to get involved and how to find, use and apply information. 

First, we'll provide an introduction to Citizen Science, exploring its significance in understanding and protecting biodiversity. Discover how individuals like you can make a real impact through participation in scientific research. 

Next, we'll delve into one of the world's most popular Citizen Science Apps, iNaturalist. Learn how to effectively use this powerful tool to document and identify various species in your area. Unlock the wonders of the natural world as we guide you through the app's features and functionalities.  

Lastly, we'll empower you to organise your very own BioBlitz activity. A BioBlitz is a biological inventory, where participants work together to identify and document as many species as possible within a designated area and time frame. Gain valuable insights on planning, executing, and maximizing the success of your BioBlitz, while fostering a deeper connection with nature and biodiversity.  

This one hour session is delivered by Helen Charles (see bio below) and is great for those new to citizenscience wanting to know how you can use it as a gardening tool, to understand what is going on in your patch and really connect with those animals around you. 

It is one of four in a Masterclass Series "Understanding Nature in Your Garden Series". Other topics include – Introduction to Wildlife Gardening; Getting native bees and other pollinators in your garden and Boom Time for Bully Birds.  Book the Series Package for discount.  Friends of SGA receive a 15% discount on Master Class full price tickets. You can become a Friend of SGA here. Green Garden Professional (GGPs) receive a 30% discount.

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What to bring

  • Download iNaturalist is you would like to

What to wear


Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is a not-for-profit non-government organiation dedicated to achieving a healthy biodiverse planet.

Its driving purpose is to:

  • Encourage, educate and enable home and professional gardeners to adopt sustainable gardening practices to protect or enhance the natural environment;
  • Provide information, education and undertake research about the natural environment;
  • Reconnect people to the natural world through gardening; and
  • Ensure an understanding of the impacts that gardening decisions about chemical and resource use have on the natural environment well beyond their neighbourhood.
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Your Teacher

Friends with honey founder Helen Charles is a passionate beekeeper, certified permaculture designer and sustainability educator.  Her programs span all generations from teaching kinder children about the importance of our hard working pollinators right through to having written the Citizen Science toolkit for Parks Victoria.  Recently, Friends with Honey have teamed up with Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Benny Allen to write and record a full album of kids songs, all about bees and their importance to the world around us.  In addition to the album, they have written and produced a 45 minute musical kids show!  Weaving storytelling with singing and dancing, the Friends with Honey Musical Kids Show features all of the songs from the album, and of course is packed with valuable messages about the importance of helping our friends the bees and our precious planet.  Helen's journey with Friends with Honey stands as a testament to her unwavering commitment to environmental education.

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SGA’s Booking Conditions

  • Bookings are considered final once payment is made and no refunds will be given for non-attendance.
  • If there are insufficient numbers for an event it may be cancelled or postponed by SGA. If this is the case, you will be notified and given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different SGA event of equivalent value.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time for registration and seating
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