You can celebrate Citizen Science Month from home.

While we want you to celebrate Citizen Science Month, we all need to help flatten the curve to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Learn more about flattening the curve, below.

As a Citizen Science Month event organizer or participant, you can stay home and still participate in Citizen Science Month.

Here are seven ways to join or host an online event or to transform your in-person event into a virtual event.

1) Invite people to meet-up virtually via Facebook Live, Skype, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc, and step them through the Introduction to Citizen Science Tutorial. 

2) Create a virtual team and invite others to join the team and play Stall Catchers, an online game to accelerate research on Alzheimer’s Disease. Or, encourage people to go to to find projects to do from home!

3) Organize an online book club to read and discuss books from this Citizen Science Booklist featuring a brand new book, “The Field Guide to Citizen Science,”  from Timber Press (invite the author’s to join your online discussion!)

4) Host an online Watch Party to view PBS shows about citizen science or “How to” videos on YouTube.

5) Find and join an existing online event at (select “Online Only”).

6) Find and join an online project with the SciStarter Project Finder.

7) Post these social media prompts to your email list or social media followers and invite them to view archived webinars; or, poll participants about their interests in citizen science, plan a follow-up project, or share projects.

Check out this Welcome Letter and find these and many other free resources at

Most importantly, please do your part to flatten the curve.

This is where containment strategies, such as banning large gatherings and encouraging people to limit their exposure to others, come into play and why individual efforts to stop the spread of the virus are crucial. Learn more here.

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About the Author

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society and a Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at ASU. Professor Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter (a popular citizen science portal and research platform connecting millions of people to real science they can do), founder of Science Cheerleaders (a non profit organization comprised of current and former NFL, NBA and college cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers), cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology and cofounder of She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, an advisor and Fellow at National Geographic, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee and named cochair of America 250's Innovation, Science, and Entrepreneurism Advisory Council. She is the co-editor of "The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science," author of "The Science of Cheerleading," and co-author of the Field Guide to Citizen Science (Timber Press). Recently, ASU President Michael Crow awarded Cavalier and her team the prestigious Medal for Social Embeddedness.