Citizen Science

Four children in a meadow talking in a circle with data collection tools

2019 Awardees of the Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program

This year's program awarded 13 projects across the country that will have citizen scientists exploring diverse topics including eDNA techniques, beaver habitats, cemetery landscapes, and traffic impacts on wildlife.

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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