Citizen Science

Scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of, professional scientists and scientific institutions.  -Oxford English Dictionary

Why Citizen Science?

  • By connecting with the places we live, exploring our natural history, and documenting what we see students gain deeper insights into our relationships with other beings and the places we inhabit.
  • Documenting natural history promotes sound environmental practice. It grounds policy in ecological reality, guides decision-making, and inspires and enhances conservation efforts at all levels.
  • Natural history informs and energizes citizen science and environmental education. It connects students with nature, creates synergy across fields, and draws strength from all major divisions of the university. It prepares students to live honorably and responsibly in a sustainable world.

What can you do as a citizen scientist?

  • Get outside
  • ASK QUESTIONS!
  • Document

Tools include: journals, tablets, smartphones, binoculars, and/or hand lens.

“Much citizen science is exploring biogeography at ever more specific scales. The basic question is: what are the conditions of life in a particular place that make it habitable by the species living there?”  -Mary Ellen Hannibal

Citizen Science Websites

Citizen Science Resources

Local Citizen Science Projects

Ideas for schools

Art Resources


Presented and developed by Michael Kauffmann