We believe children our future for all things sustainable and we want to encourage their participation in natural resource management. We are committed to providing opportunities for participation and for students to contribute to natural resource management decisions.

Our River Detectives program provides opportunities for students to gain an intimate knowledge and love for their local waterway through a variety of hands-on activities including regular water quality testing, macroinvertebrate sampling and habitat surveys.

Further cross-curricular activities promote understanding of waterways as integral features of a healthy ecosystem and a healthy community. Students develop skills in monitoring and enhancing riparian habitats and are encouraged to become custodians of their local waterway.

The program has been uniquely designed to align with AusVELS; an incorporation of the Australian Curriculum F-10 within the curriculum framework developed for the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS).
North Central Waterwatch are excited to invite schools and youth groups in the North Central region to register for the River Detectives environmental educational program

Whether you're a teacher, parent or community member, for more information about the program and how you can get involved check out our factsheet here.

Water Qaulity testing Kangaroo Creek - Photographer Sandy Scheltema must be cited

Photo: water quality testing at Kangaroo Creek, courtesy of Sandy Scheltema

River Detectives website

The new River Detectives website is now LIVE and ready for registered groups to use. The website includes all of our lesson plans/resources/teachers notes needed for the three core areas of the River Detectives program - Water Science,Salinity Snapshot and Water Bugs.

We have included a Resource River Bank that contains a raft of useful resources such as factsheets, photos, video clips, maps and posters.

We have also included a section called Billabong Banter, this area enable schools to talk to each other, share results and inspire each other with news or photos of things they've been up to on their.

To log in click on the image below.

PLEASE NOTE: you need to have registered and attended the River Detective Professional Development Training sessions to have full access to this site, if you would like to register your school please click on the image below, then click 'join' to register your interest.

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How to get involved
Professional development training sessions are held across the region each year in March and September, to participate in the program you will need to register your interest in the program and participate in training.

Whether you're a teacher, parent or community member, or to register your school in the program please click here and fill in the 'join section of our River Detectives website.

Alternatively, call our Regional Waterwatch Coordinator to find out more:
Cass Davis
Waterwatch Coordinator
Ph: 03 5440 1863

Upcoming events

The River Detectives professional development workshops are on again. During September, we will be providing training to teachers to up-skill in waterbugs.

Click here to find out more



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Click here to read the Testimonial from Felicity Nicholls

Cathy McCallum

Click here to read the testimonial from Cathy McCallum

River Detective Students Celebrate 20 Years of Waterwatch

River Detective students got together to sing songs and tell stories about their local environment, highlighting what they had learnt from being involved in North Central Waterwatch's River Detectives program.