Our master chefs in the SciStarter kitchen have been working overtime to bring you this delectable Thanksgiving menu, featuring citizen science projects guaranteed to satisfy even the most insatiable curiosity.
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At Nature’s Notebook, nature is always in season; currently, the program features the spicy flavors of autumn! Deepen your connection with nature by making observations as fall turns to winter. It’s a giant smorgasbord of activities that feeds the soul, but still keeps you hungry for more.
Leaven your Thanksgiving dinner with this hearty offering of yeasty science exploration: just add flour and water and discover how microbes affect the flavor and texture of bread.
Refreshing and flavorful, this organic, all-natural offering consists of free-range leaves that you collect yourself, place into distinctive mesh bags, stake into a stream, and then retrieve weeks later. You’ll harvest a delightful assortment of macroinvertebrates to sort and identify! (fees may apply)
Location: United States
Your gut bacteria work diligently and (mostly) quietly every meal, helping to regulate your appetite, metabolism, and even your mood. Shine a spotlight on these hardworking bugs with the American Gut project! Swab your sample (don’t ask…), put it in project-provided test tube and send it in! You’ll be contributing to important research, and get a report identifying your gut bugs, so you can thank each microbe by name. ($99 fee for sample kit).
Location: United States and Canada
Bursting with B vitamins and potassium, mushrooms are a great complement to any Thanksgiving feast! Yet 95% of all species of fungi remain unstudied. This Thanksgiving, consider adding the Mushroom Observer project to your bill of fare, and start contributing to this thriving network of mushroom hunters.
Location: United States
No matter how much you’ve indulged, there’s always room for butterflies! This year’s California- based monarch count runs from November 16 through December 8th. Not in California? No problem! Search the SciStarter Project Finder to find a butterfly project near you!
Location: United States (West Coast and Midwest States)
Check out SciStarter’s online and printable monthly calendar of events and holidays (like National Dog Day) linked to relevant citizen science projects.
In this podcast episode, learn about how natural history museums and public libraries have involved members of their communities in projects that can contribute to local, national, and global understandings of scientific questions. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your local library or museum!
Watch this webinar recording to discover how you can access many free resources to help introduce, shape, or support citizen science in your library, especially leading up to and during April 2020: Citizen Science Month.
Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!
New on our syndicated blogs:
Caterpillars Count! via Science Connected Magazine
Explore biodiversity around you via Discover Magazine
Boston is wicked hot. This is what they’re doing about it via the SciStarter blog