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Citizen science is exploding in popularity all around the world. And for good reason! It’s fun, it illuminates mysteries, and it makes it possible for everyone to experience real research.

Projects are done everywhere, including in national parks. Explore this site to find out where, how, and why the National Park Service uses citizen science.
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What is Citizen Science?

Find out what citizen science is, who can participate, and why it matters to the National Park Service.

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Become a Citizen Scientist

Learn how you can get with citizen science projects across the country.

Last updated: September 25, 2018