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Kaibab National Forest 2017 Citizen Science Project

About

This projects asks you to document as many flora and fauna as possible during the 2017 calendar year. Visitors can snap photos of plants and animals as they enjoy the Forest, and upload those photos and their locations to iNaturalist, a free app that documents observations of living things all over the world. After it’s uploaded, a community of experts, including Forest Service staff, can help identify what was captured in the picture. The Forest Service will use this information for education materials and to help identify management issues, such as invasive plants.

 

Location

Kaibab National Forest

 

Partners

iNaturalist

 

Not Accepting Participants

This project is closed. To find similar Forest Service projects near you, visit the iNaturalist website. See what the volunteers found by visiting the Kaibab Citizen Science Project page.

 

Participant Age

All ages

 

Participant Tasks

  • Observe botany and wildlife
  • Photography or audio

Cascades Butterfly Project

About

Butterflies are sensitive indicators of changing environmental conditions because temperature influences the timing of an individual's life cycle and the geographic distribution of a species. The Cascade Butterfly Project has volunteers monitor the baseline butterfly habitat conditions to learn how climate is affecting their populations.

 

Location

There are four sites in Washington state: North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest. The project is also active in two areas of British Columbia: Skagit and Manning Provincial Parks.

 

Partners

 

Accepting Participants

This project is accepting volunteers. To get started, check out the Cascade Butterfly Volunteer FAQ and the Cascade Butterfly Volunteer Application. See Related Content on the left for additional resources.

Contact Regina Rochefort to choose a survey route and a start date. You will be signed up as a volunteer by completing a sign-up sheet and can do this either at the training or your first day of volunteering.

 

Participant Requirements

All ages

 

Participant Tasks

  • Catch and release butterflies
  • Identify butterflies and plants
  • Photography
  • Data entry
  • Geolocation

Camping with kids? There’s a method to this madness

As an environmental educator, I’ve taken tons of kids outside for fun and educational experiences in the woods. Now, I am looking forward taking my own son out for his first discoveries and to create memories we’ll share for years to come. Since some of my friends have asked me for pointers on taking their kids camping, I figured I would share this with you too. I hope it helps. Plus, National Kids to Parks Day, is May 18. What better way to help children explore nature.