Citizen Science

What is “citizen science”?

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, a pioneer in this field, citizen science is defined as “research collaborations between scientists and volunteers, particularly (but not exclusively) to expand opportunities for scientific data collection and to provide access to scientific information for community members.” In other words, citizen science is all about getting up close with the natural world and contributing to a larger body of scientific research.

CuriOdyssey is home of the Bay Area FrogWatch chapter, our newest citizen science project. FrogWatch USA was established in 1998 and adopted by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in 2009. Click here to learn more about Bay Area FrogWatch at CuriOdyssey. 

Upcoming FrogWatch Training:
Part 1: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 6pm-8:30pm
Part 2: Thursday, March 6, 2014, 6pm-8:30pm
Participants must attend both sessions to take part in the project. A portion of the training includes live observation at CuriOdyssey's Pacific Tree Frog Pond.
Location: CuriOdyssey
To sign up, please email: citizenscience(at)CuriOdyssey.org

In addition to FrogWatch, CuriOdyssey has also worked with The Great Sunflower Project  and the Lost Ladybug Project

There are many ways for people to connect with citizen science projects. You can watch birds, listen to frogs, count insects, or scope the night sky. Here are a few resources to find the perfect citizen science project for you:

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
California Academy of Sciences
Common Sense
Citizen Science Alliance
SciStarter

Do you have a citizen science project you’d like to share? Let us know by emailing citizenscience(at)CuriOdyssey.org.