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Youth-Based Citizen Science Monitoring: Case Studies from Three National Forests

A research paper published in the Journal of Forestry takes a deep dive into three Forest Service citizen science programs that involve secondary school students in field collection of ecological monitoring data. Read on to learn more about these program designs and lessons learned.

Atlanta Residents Welcome Pollinators to their Urban Gardens

Across the Greater Atlanta Area people are planting pollinator-friendly flowers in their yards and communities, helping these vulnerable creatures in a rapidly urbanizing city. You can help too!

2018 Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program Awardees

The Forest Service is pleased to announce the 2018 awardees for the CitSci Fund. Awardees receive up to $25,000 to carry out a collaborative citizen science project.

Download Natural Inquirer: Citizen Science Edition

A free science journal written for middle and high school students, Natural Inquirer follows the same format as a scientific article to help kids learn and love science.

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 including our national forests and grasslands or in your own backyard!



Find citizen science projects by state and theme. Learn what tasks they involve and how to join a project near you. Learn more.


Read about the science behind Forest Service projects and the experiences of the volunteers that make them happen. Learn more.


Resources & Webinars

View webinars, protocols, policy, resources for educators and parents, and more. Learn more.


Research Publications

Read and download scientific articles from the Forest Service about citizen science and related practices. Learn more.


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