Citizen Science

Salamander monitoring at the ArboretumHere at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum we believe in leading the way to a more sustainable future, but we can’t do it alone!

Citizen science is a volunteer-based opportunity that empowers YOU to be the scientist. From in-the-field experience to data collection we aim to equip all our volunteers with knowledge and know-how on a variety of scientific topics. Please join us in collecting valuable data that will help scientists gauge and plan for future conservation needs- together we can make a difference!

Become a citizen science volunteer today in one of our many programs:

FrogWatch USA: If you find frogs and toads interesting, the Arboretum invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities by reporting data on the calls of local frogs and toads.

Project FeederWatch: Interested in birds but not officially a “bird nerd” No worries! Project FeederWatch is a winter long survey of birds that visit feeders all across the country. The data collected helps scientist track bird distribution and abundance.

Leaf Pack Network:  Did you know aquatic insects can be great indicators of water quality? Join Leaf Pack Network and learn how to investigate you local stream ecosystem and watersheds.

Project Budburst: Plants are very sensitive to the changes in temperature, weather, and sunlight. By observing the various phases of plants, scientists, citizens, and educators can use the data to learn about plant species responses to climate change locally, regionally and nationally.