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
Last updated: March 11, 2016