Pathways To Participate In Scientific Research

It just became a lot easier for you to find your first citizen science project thanks to partnerships with WILD HOPE (a new PBS series), NASA, the Girl Scouts, National Geographic, Verizon and others who make it possible for SciStarter to curate experiences for you!

Our customized pages provide resources, community-support, trainings and step-by-step instructions so you can help advance research on a variety of topics.

Below, you’ll find a few of the curated pages. Find others by using the “Gateway Partners” drop down menu on the navigation bar.


The SciStarter Team

Help NASA study Earth’s backyard, our solar system and far, far beyond. Find a list of NASA citizen science projects that need your help, along with information on how to register for upcoming Q&As with the project scientists.

Check out our NASA LIVE page to learn about how to prepare for an eclipse, and see projects that need your help for the April 8, 2024 total eclipse.

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Each half-hour episode of this new PBS series will inspire you with stories of bold interventions, unexpected alliances, and nature’s resilience. The take-home message is that local action can spark powerful change—and also provides a refreshing dose of hope in an increasingly cynical world.

Find a curated list of projects that align with each episode. This is how viewers become doers!

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The SciStarter Education page categorizes projects by grade level and includes lesson plans, trainings and more.

Find monthly articles, videos, trainings and classroom materials from our partners at the National Science Teaching Association and National Geographic.

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Thousands of Girl Scouts have already completed the Think Like Citizen Scientist Journey and created lasting and positive impacts in their communities as a result. Way to go, girls! There’s still time to start your Journey.

Join the Girl Scouts in protecting the planet by getting involved in the Girl Scout Climate Challenge and Girl Scout Tree Promise!

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Still not sure where to start?

Check out our Affiliates page for topical lists of gold-standard projects. Participate in any Affiliate and you’ll earn credit on your SciStarter Dashboard. Go ahead and brag…you’ve earned it!

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SciStarter LIVE!

Join the SciStarter team Tuesdays from 2-3PM ET to hear from project leaders, get tips on participating and learn about the impact of contributing to volunteer-powered science. Join in from anywhere via Zoom or watch the live stream on SciStarter’s Facebook page.

Register here!

Oct 31: Halloween Special! With arthropods all around, we’re “Never Home Alone.” Don’t miss this LIVE and in-costume demo of Never Home Alone! Join members of the SciStarter team as they find and document as many insects, spiders and other arthropods in their home and yard as possible. Are you home alone? (Streaming live to Facebook only, no registration required.)

Science Near Me

What’s happening near you today? With Science Near Me, find a broad range of local and virtual science-related discussions, festivals, policy forums and events. Discover activities to do at home, online, star parties with local astronomy clubs, science nights at nearby bars and much more!

Check it out!

Science Near Me on SciStarter LIVE!

Watch an interview with the co-Founder of Science Near Me (and Founder of SciStarter) Darlene Cavalier. And tune in on October 24 when Darlene joins us on SciStarter LIVE to answer your questions and to demonstrate this new resource!

Register for SciStarter LIVE here.

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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!

Categories: Affiliate Tools, Animals, Citizen Science, Education

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SciStarter Team

SciStarter Team

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!