Since 2005 the Glacier National Park Citizen Science Program has utilized trained park visitors, staff and volunteers to collect scientific information that would otherwise be unavailable to resource managers and researchers due to lack of personnel or funding. The program is coordinated by the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) based at Glacier.
For "citizen scientists," the rewards are a sense of stewardship and a greater awareness and understanding of the park's resource issues. For the park, it provides a wealth of data which can be used to increase understanding of our natural resources, offering an opportunity to get much-needed baseline information about key plant and animal species.
The CCRLC is currently facilitating three Citizen Science programs, made possible through the generous support of the Glacier National Park Conservancy:
More information regarding the CCRLC Citizen Science programs can be found in our newsletters, available on the Research Publications and Media page.
If you are interested in becoming a citizen scientist at Glacier National Park, please contact the CCRLC.
Did You Know?
If current trends continue, some scientists predict that by the year 2030, Glacier National Park will not contain any glaciers and many of the park's smaller glaciers will melt even sooner.