How Organizations Are Accelerating Research With Volunteerism and SciStarter

SciStarter Partner OrganizationsSciStarter partners with organizations to facilitate engagement and training and to accelerate research through volunteerism. From school districts, to corporations, to national and local organizations, our partners are vital community catalysts. Find inspiring examples below.

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More than 20,000 Girl Scouts are logging data to curated citizen science projects and taking action in their communities, thanks to the Girl Scouts “Think Like a Citizen Scientist” Journey on SciStarter. Premiering this month: Girl Scouts Tree Promise! Now, anyone can participate in the Girl Scouts Tree Promise initiative to plant, protect and honor millions of trees.

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Adults over the age of 50 are discovering citizen science through OLLI classes designed by SciStarter and instructional designers at Arizona State University. Graduates of the classes are then eligible to introduce others to citizen science at local libraries!

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Verizon leverages SciStarter as a partner platform to connect employees to projects that need their support. The SciStarter Verizon portal is helping Verizon employees reach 2.5 million volunteer hours by 2025. Already, Verizon volunteers have accumulated more than 11,235 volunteer hours through SciStarter!

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Library patrons at Southeast Regional Library in Gilbert, Arizona review citizen science kits. Image credit: Samantha Lloyd, ASU VisLab

Thanks to support from the Library of Medicine, the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Moore Foundation, hundreds of libraries that are part of the SciStarter-ASU National Citizen and Community Science Library Network now have access to free citizen science resources including citizen science kits, programs, event support and professional development training.

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In partnership with the Citizen Science Association and NASA, SciStarter produced and hosted CitSciCon: a two-day, virtual event featuring project scientists interacting directly with volunteers! The event was a great success, with over 5,000 participants learning directly from NASA scientists and volunteers.

“Amazing discoveries are happening with the help of citizen scientists,” says one project leader. “We cannot do it without them.”

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Public forum to deliberate resource allocations. Image credit: Museum of Science, Boston

With support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Museum of Science in Boston partners with SciStarter to engage the public through a network of science centers. Twenty science centers around the country are hosting public forums and citizen science activities through SciStarter to support public participation in addressing four climate hazards: extreme heat, extreme precipitation, sea level rise and drought.

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Sheryl Arriola of Broward County, FL, school district takes part in Stream Selfie with other teachers.

Educators everywhere have used SciStarter’s free, curated resources connected to various citizen science projects. Plus, SciStarter articles for educators are featured in publications from the National Science Teaching Association. Find all of this on

Teachers in the Broward County, FL, school district use a new SciStarter Canvas Portal to supplement STEM curriculum. The portal makes it easy for teachers to assign projects, track student progress, review reflections and integrate citizen science activities into the district’s grading system.

The NC State Wolfpack community has shared more than 30,000 data observations (from air quality, to microbes, to tree data that complements and validates NASA satellite data) and counting through their customized microsite on SciStarter.

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New On the Blogs:

Girl Scouts Citizen Science in Southwest Indiana via the SciStarter Blog

Wicked High Tides: Citizen Scientists Plan for Sea-Level Rise
 via Discover Magazine
Uncovering the Secrets of the Egyptian Geniza With Citizen Science via the SciStarter Blog

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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!

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SciStarter connects you to thousands of searchable citizen science projects in need of your help. Use the Project Finder ( to find a project to match your location, interests, and age level. Your free SciStarter account will help you earn credit for participating in projects across apps and websites (use the advanced search option at to find Affiliate projects eligible for credit in your dashboard). Together, we can move the world forward!