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Citizen Science Toolkit

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

*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


Guide          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.



Template         File 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.



Examples          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           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           Resources contains information including supporting policies

           for citizen science, legal considerations & ethics, guides & technical

           reports, and citizen science protocols.


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