Citizen Science


Want to help with science research on behalf of the environment? Citizen science projects need your help - counting species, monitoring water and weather and more. Sort by state, how much time you can spend, or topic to find the best project for you!

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April Microplastics Beach Blitz in Full Swing

After a very long winter and some panic that the weather would not improve in time for microplastics sampling season, here we are, in full sampling mode! More

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Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS)

Volunteers working together to measure precipitation - rain, snow and hail- across the nation. More

Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps)

EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. It is fast, easy to use and doesn't require Geographic Information Systems experience. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species. More

Earthwatch Expeditions: Climate Change: Sea to Trees at Acadia National Park

The Schoodic Institute is partnering with Acadia National Park and Earthwatch to better understand climate impacts at the park. Volunteers can join scientists in collecting data on climate and trees during week-long expeditions, organized through Earthwatch. More

Great Bay Oyster Conservationist Program

Volunteers are needed to help care for baby oysters along the shoreline of the Great Bay Estuary in New Hampshire. It's an easy and fun way for citizens, especially those with access to docks and shorelines in Great Bay, to contribute to ecological restoration of oysters. More

Gulls of Appledore

Volunteers for the Gulls of Appledore project report sightings of banded Herring and Great Black-Backed Gulls. This research relies on people like you–birders, beachgoers, casual observers, to report banded birds! More

Hawk Watch on Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

You can help gather data about the fall migration of raptors on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park and participate as a volunteer in Hawk Watch! One-time volunteers are welcome. Cadillac’s summit may be reached by hiking, biking, riding the free Island Explorer bus, or driving. More

Horseshoe Crab Survey - Great Bay

Volunteers are needed to help survey the shores of Great Bay for the presence of horseshoe crabs during their spawning season (April-June). More

LoVoTECS Network

A scientific water sensing network maintained by volunteers in communities in New Hampshire and Maine. The goal is to improve scientific understanding of New Hampshire and Maine's water resources and help develop a technically advanced workforce by providing educational opportunities to interact with large data sets. More

Maine Brook Trout Survey

Anglers needed to find and document new populations of wild and sea run brook trout. More

Maine Butterfly Survey

By marshaling the efforts of professional and citizen scientists from across Maine, the Maine Butterfly Survey aims to increase scientific knowledge on the status and distribution of Maine’s butterfly fauna, as well as geographic priorities for conservation. More