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Since its founding in 1888, National Geographic has become one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Pushing past the known boundaries of our world and beyond, our mission is to reveal untold stories that will inspire people, and you, to care about our incredible planet.
You can be a part of a story, your information can shape what is discovered about our changing world. By participating in one of the following citizen science projects supported by National Geographic, you can join thousands of others who are sharing their piece of the story, too.
Citizen Science is scientific research that can be conducted by anyone, and is based upon activities that engage people in documenting, studying, and understanding our world and beyond.
You can participate by:
National Geographic supports the following programs and web-based platforms for citizen science:
National Geographic FieldScope Projects
Find more citizen science projects:
Find out how you can get involved in National Geographic Education's citizen science projects.
Join us for a week-long, world-wide celebration of biodiversity in September 2013.
A bioblitz is a 24-hour event during which people come together to identify as many species of plants, animals, and other organisms as possible.
Citizen scientists, students, and teachers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed collaborate to collect data and take action.
Use these activities for elementary, middle, and high school to help get students involved in the community and using a geographic perspective.
Read our peer-reviewed journal article, "National Geographic FieldScope: a platform for community geography," in a special issue of the journal Ecological Society of America's Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Download the article, which appears in the August 2012 volume, here.