What is it? Community science is a collaboration between professional scientists and any member of the general public who is interested in protecting our environment. Through volunteering as a Community Scientist, people of all ages, experience levels, and interests work to help gather different kinds of data about nature. This data is used to advance research, advise land managers, and inform policy makers. Whether it's catching butterflies, photographing landscapes, surveying birds in your backyard or any of our other engaging opportunities, volunteer Community Scientists help us to understand our changing climate, the health of our natural resources, and the quality of our wildlife habitats. Becoming a Community Scientist is a great way to contribute to valuable research, learn about our environment, and connect with our local ecosystems! We welcome and invite you to join us!
Who can participate? Short answer: anyone and everyone! Community science is not defined by age, gender, racial identity, citizenship status, education, or physical ability. Our Community Scientists are people like you, your neighbors and fellow community members, your children and your friends. The beauty of Community Science is that it requires little to no previous experience in the subjects you are interested in. We will train you! Whether you like staying inside or outside, there is a project that was designed with you in mind.
How do I get involved? Join our team of dedicated Community Scientists by first filling out a volunteer registration with your skills, interests, and weekly availability so we can match you with a project that is the best fit for you. If you do not see a project that matches up with your interests, please contact our Community Science Director, Jen Meilinger, at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find projects that you will love!