Become a Citizen Scientist

It’s easy to become a citizen scientist. To join a project, contact the project coordinator through the links on this site. You can also find projects on external sites like and And if you already use programs like eBird or iNaturalist, you can continue to do so in any national park.

One helpful tip as you explore options: make sure you can commit the time that’s needed for a successful project.

Most volunteer citizen scientists collect data and upload them to a database. In some cases you can explore, graph, and analyze data. If the project is new, you may be able to make suggestions about study design or procedures. In all cases, you will learn and experience real science. And you'll do it in the places you love.

Last updated: September 27, 2018