Celebrate National Parks with Citizen Science

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By Eva Lewandowski
Aug 11, 2016 8:27 PMNov 19, 2019 9:23 PM


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Celebrate the National Parks with Citizen Science

On August 25, the United States National Park Service turns 100! The park system provides many excellent citizen science opportunities to visitors.

Below, you'll find five great national park projects. Find even more projects with the SciStarter Global Project Finder.


The SciStarter Team

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Geoscientists in the Parks

Students and others with natural resource experiences are needed to assist the National Parks with mapping, monitoring, and other research tasks. Locations can be found across the United States.

Get started!

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Common Loon Citizen Science Project at Glacier National Park

Volunteers are needed in Glacier National Park in Montana to monitor for common loons. The data are used to protect these beautiful birds.

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Glacial National Park Invasive Plants

With more than 700 miles of hiking trails, this park needs volunteers to monitor for invasive plants. With information on location and abundance of invasives, park staff can improve their management strategy.

Get started!

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Aquatic Salamander Monitoring at Tremont Institute

The Great Smoky Mountains are a hotspot for salamander diversity, and volunteers are needed in Tremont, Tennessee to monitor these elusive amphibians.

Get started!

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Camas Citizen Science Monitoring Program

Nez Perce National Historical Park works with high school students to monitor the park's camas lilies. In addition to providing students with a hands-on introduction to science, the project also collects important management data.

Get started!

Find citizen science events in national parks and elsewhere on the 

SciStarter Event Calendar.

Want to learn more about the field of citizen science? Check out this new, low-cost book on Amazon!

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