Citizen Science

What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science offers a unique opportunity for professional scientists to partner with enthusiastic volunteers to collaborate on research projects.  Scientists benefit from an increased data collection effort as well as greater understanding and support for their research by the public, and the public gets a chance to engage directly in scientific research and enjoy rich, educational, and meaningful natural history experiences.

For these combined benefits, citizen science helps TINS achieve several elements of its mission in one stroke. Whether coordinating local efforts from larger national or global citizen science campaigns, or initiating our own local and regional projects, we offer many ways for the public to get involved.  

Explore the links under the Citizen Science Menu on the right side of your screen for more details on each project!


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We strongly encourage participation in our established programs, but we are always interested in new ideas for additional projects in the future. Ideally, citizen science projects are long-term or ongoing, but we are open to ideas for any new projects, provided there is sufficient interest and scientific justification. Amateur naturalist wanting to take it to the next level of inquiry with your favorite taxa?  Elementary school teacher looking for a project for their students?  Give us a call!

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