Citizen Science

Citizen science is a collaboration between professional scientists and any members of the general public who are interested in protecting our environment. Acting as citizen scientists, people of all ages, experience levels, and interests work to help gather different kinds of data about nature. This data is used to advance research, advise land managers, and inform policy makers. 

Whether it's catching butterflies, photographing landscapes, surveying birds in your backyard or any of our other engaging opportunities, citizen scientists help us to understand our climate, the health of our natural resources, and the quality of our wildlife habitats.

Who Can Participate

Anyone and everyone! Citizen scientists are people like you, your neighbors and fellow community members, your children and friends.

Getting Involved

In today's technologically advanced society you can help researchers across the globe collect valuable scientific data with your phone! The following links describe different citizen science projects that you can participate in with the swipe of your finger.

  • iNaturalist, Project Noah, Seek or Map of Life - Help researchers document biological diversity by photographing what you see in nature. Help track the biodiversity you find in Coppell Nature Park by joining the project using iNaturalist.
  • eBird - Document birds you observe in real-time and contribute to avian research, education and conservation.
  • Project BudBurst - Help researchers gather data on plants throughout the seasons to increase appreciation of plants and the natural world and inspire conservation action.
  • Journey North - Help researchers study seasonal migration by documenting your Monarch butterfly sightings as well as other migratory species.
  • City Nature Challenge - This is an annual, global event where cities around the world compete to involve the most participants to make the most observations of the local wildlife species.