Celebrate National Parks with Citizen Science

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Celebrate the National Parks with Citizen Science
On August 25, the United States National Park Service turns 100! The park system provides many excellent citizen science opportunities to visitors.
Below, you’ll find five great national park projects. Find even more projects with the SciStarter Global Project Finder.
The SciStarter Team

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Geoscientists in the Parks
Students and others with natural resource experiences are needed to assist the National Parks with mapping, monitoring, and other research tasks. Locations can be found across the United States.

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Common Loon Citizen Science Project at Glacier National Park
Volunteers are needed in Glacier National Park in Montana to monitor for common loons. The data are used to protect these beautiful birds.

Glacial National Park Invasive Plants
With more than 700 miles of hiking trails, this park needs volunteers to monitor for invasive plants. With information on location and abundance of invasives, park staff can improve their management strategy.

Photo: Todd Pierson
Aquatic Salamander Monitoring at Tremont Institute
The Great Smoky Mountains are a hotspot for salamander diversity, and volunteers are needed in Tremont, Tennessee to monitor these elusive amphibians.

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Camas Citizen Science Monitoring Program
Nez Perce National Historical Park works with high school students to monitor the park’s camas lilies. In addition to providing students with a hands-on introduction to science, the project also collects important management data.

Find citizen science events in national parks and elsewhere on the SciStarter Event Calendar.

Want to learn more about the field of citizen science? Check out this new, low-cost book on Amazon!

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About the Author

Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski

Eva Lewandowski is the Citizen-based Monitoring Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she coordinates a statewide citizen science network. She has a PhD in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and is an active volunteer.