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Volunteers Monitor Bats in the Tongass National Forest

To celebrate Bat Week, read how citizen scientists are driving in the Tongass National Forest to collect data that can help biologists understand Alaskan bat populations.

Citizen Science Toolkit Now Available Online

You can now access our Citizen Science Toolkit online. Plan your project using the Forest Service Project Planning Guide, Project Plan Template, Examples, Webinars, and Additional Resources.

Tracking Tweets to Forecast Smokey Skies

Science Friday: the USFS analyzed 39,000 tweets mentioning California's most destructive wildfires of 2015. This study suggested social media could help predict air quality in remote, unmonitored areas.

Forest Service Invests in New Projects

In 2018, the CitSci Fund received 172 proposals and had enough funds for six projects. Other program areas saw the value of these proposed projects and funded five more.

Citizen Science is Sound Science Provided by You

Citizen science is when the public takes part in the scientific process, including forming research questions, collecting, analyzing, and making conclusions about data, or developing new techologies and applications. Anyone can be a citizen scientist; the best part about citizen science is that it can take place anywhere, whether it's in our national forests and grasslands or your own backyard!



Find projects by state and theme. Learn what tasks are involved and how to join a project near you.

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Read about the science behind Forest Service projects and the experiences of volunteers.

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Learn how to plan a project of your own with our Project Planning Guide and other resources.

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