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Third annual Citizen Science Day celebrates discovery, innovation, and better understanding of our world through public participation in science.

By November 14th, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Comment

SciStarter, the Citizen Science Association, and the Citizen Science Day Working Group are excited to present Citizen Science Day on Saturday April 14th, 2018! The third annual Citizen Science Day celebrates the work of citizen scientists and the diversity of citizen science projects across the world, encourages the public to get involved, and connects people to the power of citizen science.

Many may not realize the powerful contributions that citizen science makes to scientific discovery, monitoring, and innovation – and many may not know that they can be a part of those efforts. Citizen Science Day is a chance see how we can all make a difference by sharing what we see and what we know – whether that is mapping for disaster relief, helping find cures for diseases, or ensuring our streams are clean,” says Jennifer Shirk Director of the Citizen Science Association.

Organizations from museums, aquariums, nature centers, government agencies, universities, parks departments, and more have participated in the 2016 and 2017 Citizen Science Day. See the 2017 and 2016 events archived online.

Your organization can celebrate citizen science in many ways:

  1. Host a program on or around April 14th to increase awareness of citizen science and/or to let people participate in citizen science. Past examples include transcription challenges, citizen science hikes, BioBlitzes, hack-a-thons, festivals, science marches, and more.
  2. Outreach for your citizen science projects and recruit volunteers with an open house or training events.
  3. Highlight your standout citizen scientists from the year by recognizing their contributions.
  4. Promote citizen science through your social media platforms to help bring awareness about the breadth and depth of projects and the many ways to become a citizen scientist
  5. Launch that citizen science project you’ve been waiting to get started.
  6. Convene a regional meeting of citizen science practitioners, scientists, land managers, and local government to exchange ideas and create broader impacts for citizen science in your area.
  7. Or come up with your own way to celebrate the day!

Also be sure to check in with the Citizen Science Day webpage on the Citizen Science Association site for more ideas, resources, and other helpful tips for celebrating and promoting citizen science on April 14!

Once you plan your event, add it to the SciStarter Citizen Science Day Calendar so people can find it! SciStarter will share events through  syndicated partners including Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, PBS, PLoS, National Science Teacher’s Association,, Girl Scouts, and more!

“Adding a Citizen Science Day event or project to SciStarter benefits three audiences,” said Darlene Cavalier, Founder of SciStarter. “Event organizers can easily promote events and recruit participants; the public can find and join events and projects; and researchers can analyze data about the projects and events and study the movement and outcomes of people engaged these events.”

We are excited to celebrate citizen science with you on April 14!

For more information about Citizen Science Day, contact the task force:

Lila Higgins (

Catherine Hoffman (

Alison Young (

Interested in supporting Citizen Science Day? We’re actively looking for funders and sponsors. Contact us for more information.

(What’s your citizen science profile? Create yours today! )

Join SciStarter at the March for Science

By April 18th, 2017 at 9:59 am | Comment

March for Science logoSciStarter is proud to be a March for Science partner. This non-partisan event champions “science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” Citizen science is a gateway to support and advocate for science for all: anytime, any place.

The March for Science in Washington D.C. will be on April 22nd with satellite Marches across the country. Find a March near you.

SciStarter is also an official presenter during the Earth Day Network and March for Science teach-in on the National Mall. Look for Catherine (SciStarter’s Managing Director) and come learn about citizen science, get trained on projects you can do while marching, and discover how SciStarter can help you find, join, and track your contributions to citizen science.

Our first teach-in will be at 9:00am in Tent #8 in D.C. with a follow-up teach-in at 11:30am at the American Association for the Advancement of Science tent. For additional details, please see the March for Science event page.

Can’t make the March in Washington D.C.? How about Philadelphia? Darlene (SciStarter’s Director) will be emceeing the grand finale of the Philly March on Penns Landing.   Or… you can “just add citizen science” no matter where you are marching. Check out our comprehensive guide of March for Science citizen science projects.

The March for Science is just one of hundreds of events celebrating citizen science during Citizen Science Day! Find more events near you and share your experience on social media using the hashtag #CitSciDay.

Spring into Citizen Science Day tomorrow! Hundreds of springtime opportunities await you

By April 13th, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Comment

Springtime Citizen Science
Photo: USFWS

Photo: USFWS

April is buzzing with citizen science you can do at hackfests, conferences, festivals, workshops, marches and more! Looking for family-friendly projects? Check this out.  Below, we’ve selected three projects and two events we think you’ll love.  You can find more projects and events on SciStarter to do now or bookmark for later.  Bonus: Complete your SciStarter profile this month and we’ll send you a free pdf of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science.
The SciStarter Team

Photo: Bumble Boosters
Queen Quest
Help track the phenology of bumble bees by finding and photographing queen bees. By uploading your photo, along with information on location and bee behavior, you can increase understanding these important pollinators.
Location: North America

Photo: Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve
Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey
From May to June each year, you are needed to count spawning Horseshoe Crabs along east coast beaches. Surveys happen at night and are fun to do with a group!
Location: New Jersey & Delaware, USA

Photo: Gregory Brees
Delaware Shorebird Project
Many shorebirds that migrate from South America to Canada each spring stop in Delaware to feast on the eggs of horseshoe crabs. You can help monitor these birds to better inform conservation efforts.
Location: Delaware, USA

City Nature Challenge
Sixteen cities throughout the United States are challenged to get outside and observe wildlife. Find a participating city near you, then document and report your sightings of flowers, ants, mushrooms, and more!
Location: Select locations, United States

March for Science
The March for Science is a non-partisan event for individuals to show their support for science and participate in citizen science at the same time! On April 22, scientists and science supporters will march in Washington DC and in satellite marches across the country.
Location: Select locations, USA

Citizen Science Day runs April 14th- May 20th!  More than 100 events are listed on SciStarter.  From BioBlitzes, to trainings, to hack-a-thons, there’s an event for you.  Find an event on SciStarter.  Crowd and Cloud is now streaming online. This four-part public television series explores citizen science, crowdsourcing, and mobile technology.  Watch now.

Exploring Human Culture with Citizen Science

By March 31st, 2017 at 11:23 am | Comment

unnamed (1)From art history to archaeology and beyond, citizen scientists are advancing our understanding of humanity, and you can help!  Below, we’ve selected five projects that explore various dimensions of human culture.  You can find more projects on SciStarter to do now or bookmark your favorites for later.
The SciStarter Team

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Don’t miss the Citizen Science Day workshop at the CSA Conference!

By March 22nd, 2017 at 10:38 am | Comment

There’s still time to register for the Citizen Science Association Conference (5/17-5/20 in Minneapolis, MN)! The conference will start on May 17 with a series of workshops and special events to dive deep into relevant topics.



As a proud cofounder of Citizen Science Day, SciStarter is pleased to invite you to join the Citizen Science Day task force workshop to plan for the sustained future of this event. The task force is led by Catherine Hoffman (SciStarter), Lila Higgins (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles), and Alison Young (California Academy of Sciences).

Goals include:

1. To solicit community feedback on the recurring date for Citizen Science Day.

2. To review Citizen Science Day 2016 and 2017 and to generate feedback for the planning of Citizen Science Day 2018.

3. To discuss the challenges and opportunities for Citizen Science Day events and to strategize future resources needed to overcome these challenges and maximize opportunities.

4. Solicit feedback on planning a wide-scale, annual evaluation plan for Citizen Science Day.

Register for the workshop in advance while you are signing up for the conference. We look forward to planning the future of this great event with you!

This will be the second Citizen Science Association conference and an estimated  1,000 participants are expected to convene from all over the world.  Join the Citizen Science Association for reduced registration fees.

This is part of a series of posts about the Citizen Science Association Conference.