BioBlitz: Explore the National Parks with National Geographic

Attention all backyard explorers and rosebush whackers: this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Your days of leading patient parents on perilous neighborhood expeditions are over. Put down that “machete.” Stop mushing the dog. Grab your merit badges. The big leagues are calling, and they want you on their next adventure! This Friday, August … Read more “BioBlitz: Explore the National Parks with National Geographic”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Education, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Science Education Standards, Workshops

Recycle, Reuse, Reboot: FreeGeek, A National Movement

Enter on the side of the building. Look carefully, or else you’ll miss the sign. Walk down the stairs and turn right. Never mind the lack of windows, dim lighting, and pungent smell of coffee grinds. You have now entered FreeGeek, an underground lair of a nonprofit that harnesses the power of local volunteers to … Read more “Recycle, Reuse, Reboot: FreeGeek, A National Movement”

Categories: Citizen Science, Computers & Technology, Do-It-Yourself, Science Education Standards, Workshops

First open-source satellite project puts citizen science sensors in space.

What would you do if you had one week to control a research satellite? That probably depends on who you are. Amateur photographers might want to take time-lapse photos of the moon to frame in series in their living room. University researchers might want to measure levels of ozone variation on earth across earth’s latitudes. … Read more “First open-source satellite project puts citizen science sensors in space.”

Categories: Citizen Science, Contest, Do-It-Yourself, Science Cheerleaders

Fall into Citizen Science – Watch a Plant!

Plants have a lot going on as autumn temperatures cool. Some leaves turn bright yellow or red and fall from trees. Fruits grow large and ripe. Grasses become brittle and brown. Some flowers, like California poppies, bloom in the autumn too. Project BudBurst is looking for volunteers to take note of what plants are doing as the seasons change. During the “Fall into Phenology” event volunteers around the country will be heading outside between September 17 and 26 to collect data about how plants respond to changes in their environment. … Read more

Categories: Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Events, Nature & Outdoors

Meet Our Festival Collaborators: Steve from JellyWatch

There’s only one more day until this weekend’s USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo in Washington, DC! The Science for Citizens team has been hard at work putting together an engaging, interesting, and fun exhibit featuring some terrific citizen science projects. Remember, we’ll be at Section PA-13, Booth Numbers 1229 and 1231, on Pennsylvania Ave … Read more “Meet Our Festival Collaborators: Steve from JellyWatch”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Computers & Technology, Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Science Education Standards, USA Science and Engineering Festival

Meet Our Festival Collaborators: Lindsay from Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

The USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo is just two days away, and Science for Citizens is excited to be partnering with several fantastic citizen science organizations for our exhibit. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Lindsay from Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, an estuarine site in the state of Maryland about 20 miles east of … Read more “Meet Our Festival Collaborators: Lindsay from Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Citizen Science, Ecology & Environment, Insects, Nature & Outdoors, Ocean & Water, Science Education Standards, USA Science and Engineering Festival

Meet Our Festival Collaborators: Mary from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology

In preparation for this weekend’s USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo, we’re featuring short Q&As with our collaborating partners, so you’ll know exactly what to expect at the Science for Citizens exhibit. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Mary from Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. She’ll be your go-to expert on all things birds. Stop … Read more “Meet Our Festival Collaborators: Mary from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology”

Categories: Animals, Biology, Birds, Citizen Science, Nature & Outdoors, USA Science and Engineering Festival