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Do you enjoy science? Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be a researcher? Do you like spending time in national parks? If so, get involved in citizen science!  

Citizen scientists are people just like you who voluntarily collect data to answer real-world questions. They contribute information that helps NPS manage parks. Sometimes they even work side-by-side with professional scientists.  

Come try your hand at genuine science. Study important issues that affect parks. Gain deeper knowledge about protected resources.  

If you’re ready to join us, or if you just want to learn more, use this site to explore projects and opportunities in national parks. 

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Watch this short video highlighting what citizen science looks like and why it is important.

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Dragonfly Mercury Project at Glen Canyon

Citizen scientists are helping us understand patterns of mercury pollution across the country. The 2018 results might surprise you!

Last updated: March 7, 2024