NatureTrackers is the Bookend Trust’s overall program of ‘citizen science’ projects, coordinating schools and the community to track the status of our threatened species and better understand their needs. Citizen science projects may be defined as projects in which volunteers partner with specialist scientists to answer questions about the world and how it works.
NatureTrackers projects are monitoring an increasing variety of threatened and other species annually. To design and establish the infrastructure needed to coordinate largescale citizen science surveys, NatureTrackers brings together a multi-disciplinary team with substantial expertise in field biology, statistics, education and social science.
Founded in 2007 by Andrew Hughes, Expedition Class was created to inspire and motivate students in science and environmental education through a unique model of adventure learning. The goal is to provide free online learning resources, school visits, and professional learning for teachers in Australia and further afield.
A not-for-profit founded in Tasmania in 2008, the Bookend Trust inspires people of all ages and abilities to develop careers and interest in the environment, and to find positive solutions to environmental problems. Bookend is made up of a mix of paid and volunteer staff, with more in support roles beyond this. Projects have included student opportunities ranging from the installation of alternative renewable power supplies for medical equipment in remote villages in Fiji, to Antarctic flights.
The Bookend Trust’s projects have received multiple national awards recognising their lasting and positive community impact and outreach, while its ground-breaking documentary Sixteen Legs was given the BOFA Film Festival Award for Innovation. The Trust was named the 2012 Australian Geographic Society Conservationist of the Year, and Education Officer Andrew Hughes was the 2013 Tasmanian of the Year and recipient of the 2012 Australian Power of One Award.