A Year of Citizen Science Calendar: December

A printable version of the calendar!

As a gift to the citizen science community, this holiday season, SciStarter created a beautiful citizen science calendar! 

This calendar was developed with the help of a lot of people. The Citizen Science Association Listserv and Jill Nugent compiled an awesome collection of events, and then Erica Chenoweth took this list and created a Google Calendar with even more citizen science prompts. 

You can add to the Google Calendar whenever you wish, to any month in the year, by emailing Caroline Nickerson at CarolineN@SciStarter.com. Each month, Caroline will release a printable version of the calendar featuring some of the events from the Google Calendar.

The Google Calendar includes events from SciStarter’s Web Calendar (which syncs with SciStarter’s online Event Finder), but is separate from it because the Google Calendar includes general prompts for citizen science (like participating in bird projects on National Bird Day) in addition to specific events that can be found on SciStarter’s Web Calendar (like the Dissecting the Food Web Free Webinar)

We still urge you to post your specific event on SciStarter’s Web Calendar, because then you will be included in the Event Finder and can utilize the People Finder (to message participants about your event on the SciStarter platform). Also, your event will be cross-posted with the Google Calendar.

For more general ideas (for example, a New Moon or National Dog Day) that you want to tie-in to citizen science, email Caroline Nickerson about the the Google Calendar.

SciStarter’s own Erica Chenoweth, an Alaskan and the key architect of the Google Calendar,added many of the events from an Alaskan perspective. Usually, it doesn’t matter for our days (National Cat Day just begins in Alaska at midnight in their time zone and midnight wherever you happen to be), but every once in a while, there’s a little quirk of science. For example, the equinox happens at a single moment, so it may be on the wrong day on some of your calendars, but in Alaska, its on the 21st. If you have any questions or just want to chat about science, feel free to reach out to Erica!

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Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson is a Master of Public Policy student at American University with a focus on environmental and climate change policy. She is passionate about science communication in the policy space and engaging citizens and voters. Caroline currently serves as secretary on the national board of the Commission on Local Debates (localdebates.org), an emerging nonprofit seeking to leverage technology to make debates for local elections better and more accessible. She also works as a textbook and curriculum development consultant for the University of Florida Psychiatry Department. In her role there, she is a project manager for the Christensen Project, which honors and furthers Dr. Richard C. Christensen's legacy of advocating for homeless and under-served individuals.