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Amateur "Citizen Scientists" get grants for science data projects!

Updated on July 28, 2017

Citizen Science

is a term describing projects or ongoing programs of scientific research by citizen volunteers or networks of volunteers, who may have no specific scientific training, performing or managing research-related tasks such as measurement, computation or observation.

Scientists can accomplish research objectives more feasibly than might otherwise be possible through the use of citizen-science networks while these projects promote public involvement with research and science in general.

New grant money is awarded to educational and non-profit institutions across the United States to support programs that connect the public to science appreciation and interactivity. Some even offer grants to people, without experience or scientific qualifications who can propose their own coherent and well planned research project.

A late addition to this hub: I wish to thank Darlene for her comment in the comment section which says, "The largest network of citizen science projects and volunteers can be found at"

Want to be a Citizen Scientist ?

Bruce Museum enlists citizens to help track turtles

You can also help with the Piedmont Wildlife Center Box Turtle Connection study!

If you find a LIVE or DEAD Box Turtle in your backyard or anywhere else you can help!

All you have to do is:

  1. Fill out data sheet, found HERE.
  2. Take pictures like the two shown right.
  3. Send the pictures & your address/or GPS location to:

Citizens Count

National programs:

Scientific American nationwide Programs

Firefly Watch Video explains what the Museum of Science is doing with citizen scientists and fireflies.

Marin scientist seeks help to save nation's beesGretchen LeBuhn wants to save the nation's bees -- one sunflower at a time. And she's hoping you'll help.

Project Budburst: get a first-hand look at climate change, great information on botany with wonderful pictures and places to report data.

Nature Mapping: Nature mappers are like the e-birders, recording what they see and where they see it.

Nature mapping students identify and count species in diverse places. Students do all kinds of things in this program. In project CAT, for example, K-12 students are part of an 8 year study learning about cougars residing in the region and their prey.

WSU beach walkers
Washington State University is a long way from the beach, but they're a very active citizen science group. They gather data on algae blooms, dead sea birds, intertidal stuff, plastics, invasive stuff, and all sorts of things, and data is entered in on-line databases.

An example of a project for which this citizen scientist received a grant.

...Was for You to Watch This Tortoise Eat a Strawberry

Alan Rickman’s Dying Wish..

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    • tsadjatko profile image

      TSAD 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Awesome - thanks for the comment WildlifeSightings !

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      WildlifeSightings 4 years ago

      It's never been easier to setup, manage and promote a wildlife survey. All the tools necessary to run your own local citizen science project can be found at and they're free!

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      TSAD 4 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      It does hit home when you read about something like Citizen-Scientists if you actually know of people involved with it. Thanks for taking the time to drop by. Your comment will no doubt make the program more interesting to some others.

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      carolina muscle 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Cool hub ! I met a couple of them volunteers working on the National Park Service effort in Great Smokey Mountains NP - they were retired and camping in the NP for free in return for volunteer service, and were enjoying it immensely !

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      mabmiles 6 years ago

      Wonderful hub. Scientists are great and I salute to them and to their contributions.

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      TSAD 6 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Thank you Darlene for that information! I added it in the 4th paragraph!

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      Darlene 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. The largest network of citizen science projects and volunteers can be found at

      Something for everyone!

      We're working with the National Science Foundation, NBC, and Discover Magazine to broaden participation in a variety of citizen science fields.

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      TSAD 6 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      I taught too, you might have guessed. Trying to figure out a project I can get a grant for now!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      This is wonderful. I hope Caroline doesn't discover a monster asteroid headed directly for us! I was a science teacher and loved astronomy. I pay close attention to astoroid announcements as they could wipe us out overnight. Well done article on something I was not remotely aware of.