Celebrate Earth Day with Citizen Science

Earth Day is April 22, 2019 so take a moment to celebrate our environment and learn more about the biodiversity around us. The first Earth Day was in 1970, and was started to bring attention to environmental protection and preservation.

We’ve selected a few projects related to environmental protection and a global event to participate in, the City Nature Challenge, to encourage focusing on the details and appreciating local biodiversity by taking pictures with the iNaturalist app!

Have a wonderful Earth Day!

Cheers,
The SciStarter Team

Join your neighbors in recording biodiversity during the City Nature Challenge. From April 26-29 take pictures of the wild plants and animals in your local area using the iNaturalist app and joining your city’s challenge and then from April 30-May 5 help identify those species. Help your city win this global competition!
Location: Global

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Microplastics and plastic pollution pose a significant threat to human health and marine ecosystems. Conduct microplastic surveys on rivers, lakes and coastlines to evaluate the scale and distribution of microplastics around the world.

Location: Global

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Brought to us by NASA and the GLOBE program is their newest project all about trees and the carbon cycle. Observe trees using your mobile device to take tree height measurements and circumferences to see how changes in biomass impact the carbon cycle.

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Where else can you enjoy nature, observe streams in your town, and snap a selfie for science? Stream Selfie helps map streams across the United States to establish good locations for water testing.

Location: United States

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How does climate and weather affect your surroundings? Recording your local environmental flooding and heat observations helps NASA track climate change.

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In New York City on April 20 and looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day? Come visit SciStarter at the Cyberchase Green Family Fun Fair.
Want to learn more about how Cyberchaseteaches kids about citizen science? Check out the SciStarter blog.

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The Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off on April 26 and ends May 4. Want to come visit SciStarter at the Festival? We’ll be at the Fishtown Science Crawl, Science in the National Park, and the Science Carnival.
Check out all the events here.

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SciStarter hosts a new podcast called Citizen Science, which puts citizen scientists in conversation with project developers. Take a listen, and if you have ideas of projects or topics we could spotlight, send them our way.
SciStarter’s also hosting a new Facebook group called “CitSci Convos with SciStarter.” Head on over there to share projects you’ve loved, pose questions about citizen science, and more!

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SciStarter team member Lea Shell joined Science Cheerleaders Hilary,  Theresa and Patriots cheerleaders, Michaela and Jenna, at the Cambridge Science Festival last Saturday. Science Cheerleaders are current and former pro and collegiate cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers. The “Draw a Scientist” activity they facilitated with kids helped smash stereotypes of what a scientist can look like.

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Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

Categories: Citizen Science Day, Environment, Events, Featured Projects, Nature & Outdoors, Newsletter, Ocean & Water, Science Cheerleaders, SciFests

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Lea Shell

Lea Shell is the Digital Learning Specialist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. With a background in entomology and education, she has spent the past five years working in the world of citizen science, public engagement and science communication at North Carolina State University to help bring citizen science to the classroom.