Citizen Science

Citizen science engages volunteers of all ages, some with little or no prior scientific training, in collecting scientific data related to important issues faced by the parks.

Citizen scientists in national parks get out in the field, gain deeper knowledge about the resources in the parks, and contribute valuable information to assist the parks and monuments they love. Many participants report a greater awareness of contemporary issues, increased appreciation of the value of park resources, and a stronger sense of resource stewardship. For the NPS, citizen science provides a wealth of much needed baseline data about key resources that can be used in planning management actions.


Cascades Butterfly Project
Six protected areas in the Cascade Range have established a two-part program to monitor butterflies due to their sensitivity of their life cycles and distribution to temperature changes.



Help discover and inventory life in the North Cascades! Do science in the park! Join other volunteers and scientists to find, record, and identify species! Observe biodiversity from the Skagit River to the Cascade Crest to Lake Chelan!

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