Citizen Science refers to the involvement of the public in scientific research, often through contribution of observations into large data sets.
Citizen science projects offer students a real-world context and opportunity to apply the observations they make as part of their classwork. Many CPF lessons and activities align with existing citizen science projects, providing students with a way to contribute to important research around climate, habitat, migration, population dynamics, and more.
CPF programs align with several citizen science projects including:
- Monarch Watch – http://monarchwatch.org/
- Journey North – https://www.learner.org/jnorth/
- Project BudBurst – http://budburst.org/
- Warblr – https://warblr.net/
- YardMap – http://content.yardmap.org/
- iNaturalist – https://www.inaturalist.org/
- FrogWatch USA – https://www.aza.org/frogwatch
- Lost Ladybug Project – http://www.lostladybug.org/
- Nature’s Notebook – https://www.usanpn.org/natures_notebook