Citizen Science

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Best Practices for Managing Field Crews

Training and managing volunteers and the data they collect requires careful planning and the dedication of a supervisor for the field season. Watch this video for some best practices. Note: Please be sure to follow all COVID19 safety guidelines. 

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2020 Awardees of the Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program

This year's program awarded 11 projects that will have citizen scientists exploring the environmental impacts of fire and invasive species, river monitoring and mapping, understanding traditional use of wood products, and using cameras and web-based systems for wildlife monitoring. 

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 technologies 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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