Winter Projects To Do In The Snow (And From Inside Your House)

Winter offers many unique ways to gather and share observations to advance research, even for those in warmer climates.

If you live in a snowy place, get outside and find a skating rink, make a snowball or report on your local waterways. Or stay inside and spy on penguins from anywhere.

Observations like these and more are helping scientists keep up with winters that are rapidly changing all around the world. You can contribute to a better understanding our environment by getting out into it this winter!

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Image credit: Heshan Perera/Unsplash

This project uses low-cost equipment (a ruler!), field-based techniques (making a snowball!), interactive mapping tools, and your keen observations to better understand seasonal snow variability and local impacts of climate change.

Location: Global

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Penguins in the snow
Image credit: Tam Warner Minton/Unsplash

What’s black and white with red all over? A penguin with a sunburn!

Participate in this project from anywhere. Scientists have been using satellite images to map all of Antarctica’s penguin colonies, but the continent is truly giant and they need your help locating them all.

Using Google Earth, you’ll scan Antarctica’s landscape to find penguin colonies and report back on them.

Location: Online

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an iceberg
Image credit: IceWatchUSA

Become an IceWatch volunteer this winter by observing and reporting on any body of water in your area. All you need to do is provide information on the weather as well as the wildlife activity you see. In as little as ten minutes, your observations help scientists analyze climate change and the state of the environment.

Location: Global

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Image credit: ISeeChange

Does it seem extra snowy this year? Warmer or colder than normal?

Turn your observations into climate research with ISeeChange. Snap a photo and post about the weather, then comment on postings near you.

Your observations and block-by-block insights help cities, engineers and local organizations advocate for and create solutions to climate challenges.

Location: Global

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people ice skating
Image credit: Priscilla Du Preez/Unsplash

Are you into outdoor skating or backyard hockey? Your skating rink can double as an important gauge for tracking climate change.

Participants from across North America have submitted information about skating conditions on more than 1,400 outdoor rinks and ponds. In addition to contributing valuable data to environmental science, RinkWatch has become an online community for people who love making backyard and community rinks.

Location: North America

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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!