Celebrate Earth Day With Citizen Science

It’s April: Citizen Science Month! There are hundreds of online events and ways to engage, including many opportunities from libraries around the world. Looking to do some projects inside and around your home? Check out the projects below. Then, discover additional events and opportunities on CitizenScienceMonth.org.

For more than 50 years, Earth Day has been a chance to step back and look around at the world around us — and then give back to our home planet. Beginning Tuesday, April 20, volunteers around the world will unite to take care of the Earth. You can join them by participating in citizen science projects that study, explore and seek to understand our often fragile environment. We’ve gathered five of our favorite Earth-tastic projects for you below. And don’t forget to add projects you love to your Project Dashboard.

Debris Tracker

We all see debris everywhere around us every time we go outside. Now, you can turn those sightings into real data with Debris Tracker. Add to the millions of pieces of debris already tracked around the world.

Start Tracking!

Land Loss Lookout

Louisiana’s wetlands are being lost at an alarming rate: more than 400 square miles have already vanished. Help scientists monitor this fragile habitat from anywhere by scanning aerial photos and calling out blighted areas.

Join Now!

CanAirIO

What’s in the air we breathe? Build your own simple sensor to find out, and share your air quality data with a growing worldwide network of like-minded citizen scientists. CanAirIO provides training and assistance, as well as a place to upload your data to contribute to monitoring efforts.

Start Gathering Data!

NYBG Virtual Herbarium Expeditions

What’s a herbarium, you say? Glad you asked! Come explore a collection of unique plants, collected by thousands of botanists over hundreds of years. This online project asks volunteers to study and categorize plant (and fungi and algae) life from all over the world from the comfort of their own home.

Explore Today!

Stay Home: Household Waste Audit

We can’t talk about Earth Day without talking about trash. And, speaking of garbage, do you know how much you’re actually throwing away each week? Find out with this kid-friendly citizen science project that tallies up household trash.

Join Now!


Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

New On the Blogs:

How Thousands of Volunteers are Hunting a Treatment for Alzheimer’s via the SciStarter Blog

Five Kitchen Sink Science Experiments to Try at Home
via Discover magazine

What is Citizen Science Month? via the SciStarter Blog

Categories: Citizen Science Month

About the Author

Nathaniel Scharping

Nate is a science writer and editor who has reported everywhere from particle colliders to archaeological digs. He's also a cofounder of Lunaris Creative, an agency focused on scientific storytelling for brands and nonprofits. You can find clips of his work at nathanielscharping.com.