The Citizen Science Toolkit consists of multiple components to help you plan your citizen science project. This Toolkit was developed for Forest Service employees but is shared here with our partners and the public because its content could be useful to a broader audience. This is a work in progress—to provide comments or feedback, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Forest Service employees - the Project Planning Guide shared here has all internal links removed. To access the internal version with more content, visit the Forest Service Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Community of Practice SharePoint page or send an email to email@example.com.
The Project Planning Guide covers the fundamentals of setting up a
citizen science project in the Forest Service*. It includes how to determine
if citizen science is right for your project and relevant links to information,
such as partnership or volunteer resources.
The Project Plan Template (doc) will walk you step-by-step through
planning your project, including describing your goals, outlining your
budget and team, and ensuring quality data. The Template references
sections in the Guide that can provide helpful insights.
Example Project Plans covering a diversity of topics and collaborations
will be added as they are available. These are intended to provide ideas
and references for developing your own project.
Webinars are recordings of presentations by Forest Service colleagues
and partners that are focused on beneficial themes and include case
studies that discuss lessons learned, best practices, and innovative
approaches to collaboration.
Resources contains information including supporting policies
for citizen science, legal considerations & ethics, guides & technical
reports, and citizen science protocols.