Your essential guide to plan events and programs during Citizen Science Month

Citizen Science Month is almost here!
This April, SciStarter and a host of partners are celebrating citizen science by shining a bright light on YOUR events and programs! Citizen Science Month highlights a full month of special events and opportunities to turn curiosity into impact.
It’s also the perfect time to introduce your community, classroom, friends, and family to ways they can explore the world through citizen science.
Here are free resources to support you as you plan for Citizen Science Month! Remember: you don’t need to plan something new to celebrate Citizen Science Month (consider displays, book clubs, watch parties, and other additive activities).
The SciStarter Team
PS: You’re in good company. 100 percent of CitSciMonth event facilitators surveyed said they’d likely host another citizen science event in the future!
1. Your Hub for Citizen Science Month: has everything you need to get started this April. Find featured projects, event planning and promotional materials, and other free resources to introduce and engage your community or classroom.
2 Events Galore: Last April, there were more than 250 events hosted by libraries, schools, parks, museums, and others, resulting in more than 350,000 data contributions to projects worldwide! No event is too big or small. Use our free resources to plan and promote yours! Be sure to add your program or event to !
3. A Project for Every Event: Ready to get citizen science-ing, but not sure where to begin? The SciStarter project database features thousands of searchable options to rally around. Or, find a curated list of projects, selected by the National Library of Medicine (sponsors of CitSciMonth!) to help your communities get started at .
4. Introduction to Citizen Science: Want to learn about or introduce people to citizen science but not sure where to start? Check out the Foundations of Citizen Science self-guided tutorial. Find companion PowerPoint slides and Speaker’s Notes to guide you during online or in-person events to introduce citizen science!
5. Professional Development and Special Resources for Librarians: 

The Citizen and Community Science Library Network provides professional development for libraries. Recently, the network featured a webinar titled, Planning for Citizen Science Month 2022. View the engaging webinar video, then be sure to join the network! Plus! Our friends at STARnet are hosting a special online event to continue the Citizen Science Month discussion with libraries on Febrary 24, 1-2 pm PT. Register for the free event!


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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.