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The Sciences

Celebrate summer with citizen science!

Citizen Science Salon iconCitizen Science SalonBy lshellJuly 29, 2018 1:26 AM


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Search for the Rusty Patched bee, track flood impacts, or use your surfboard as a water quality sensor.

Planning a trip to the beach, a park, or a campsite? Here are six ways to contribute to real science while enjoying the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.


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Surfrider Foundation Blue Water Task Force

Collect water samples at beaches, bays and ponds to monitor water quality and ensure that beaches are safe for recreation. Whether you're in Maui or Puerto Rico, there is likely a project at your favorite beach.

Get Started!

Location: Global



Smartfin is a surfboard fin with sensors that measure certain ocean parameters! If you use a Smartfin while surfing, you raise awareness of ocean health while collecting data about climate change impacts ocean health.

Get Started!

Location: Global


Adventure Scientists

Seeking adventurers! Contribute to science by collecting data for conservation partners in remote locations.

Get Started!

Location: Global


The Search for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Headed for a hike on the Appalachian Trail? Keep an eye open for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee, considered a keystone species which fills important ecosystem roles.

Get Started!

Location: Southern Appalachia, United States


North Carolina King Tides Project

Help the coastal communities of North Carolina record and track changes in water levels by photographing high water and flood events! This data will inform community planning and spread awareness of local flooding impacts.

Get Started!

Location: North Carolina, United States


Grunion Greeters: Citizen Science on the Beach

Monitor local beaches and collect information during grunion runs for this vulnerable species of fish. Submit a report of sightings or non-sightings, all data are important for this project.

Get Started!

Location: California, United States

Darlene Cavalier will be in Dallas to participate in the Discovery Channel's Virtual Field Trip featuring the Girl Scouts Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey through SciStarter!


"Think Like A Citizen Scientist"

Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access this and other free tools. It's also how we match you with the best projects near you.

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