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Citizen Science

Connecting People and Places with Crowdsourced Science

Photograph courtesy Project Budburst

Citizen Science Initiatives at National Geographic

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.  

Getting Involved with Citizen Science

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:

  • exploring maps and data to ask and answer questions about places
  • conducting fieldwork and sharing observations and stories
  • joining social and scientific networks to document and improve communities.

National Geographic supports the following programs and web-based platforms for citizen science:

Great Nature Project

BioBlitz Education

National Geographic FieldScope Projects

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Citizen Science Projects

Find out how you can get involved in National Geographic Education's citizen science projects.

The Great Nature Project

The Great Nature Project

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.

Chesapeake Bay FieldScope

Chesapeake Bay FieldScope

Citizen scientists, students, and teachers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed collaborate to collect data and take action.

Getting Started

Find ideas on citizen science projects to jump into for yourself, your family, or your classroom.

Explore a GeoStory

Citizen Scientists Across the U.S.

Citizen Scientists Across the U.S.

Meet people who volunteer in citizen science efforts across the country.

Using a Geographic Perspective

Use these activities for elementary, middle, and high school to help get students involved in the community and using a geographic perspective.

Characteristics of Place

Characteristics of Place

What are the characteristics of places?

Important Places in Your Community

Important Places in Your Community

What kinds of places are important to you and to others?

Adopt a Vacant Lot

Adopt a Vacant Lot

How can you use field study to help your local community?

FieldScope & Community Geography

Journal Article

Journal Article

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.