Citizen Science is research carried out by members of the public who volunteer to collect scientific data. This research often focuses on monitoring biodiversity, invasive species and climate.
Carrying out citizen science offers many benefits for both citizens and scientists. Citizens working together can collect much more scientific data than scientists working alone. Participating in citizen science can increase public engagement with and understanding of important environmental issues. Citizen science can encourage people of all ages to get out into nature and can contribute to an increased sense of community.
If you would like to become involved in citizen science research you can find out more below about national citizen science initiatives and some EPA supported initiatives.