In my previous post, Surrounded by Science, I described what citizen science is and why it is important. As promised, here is my list of the Top Five Citizen Science Starters. This list is a great starting point for anyone looking for ideas to get started on an exciting new citizen science project!

Top 5 Citizen Science Starters

Cornell Lab of Orinthology: This website is a great place to start if you are new to citizen science. It offers many resources to explain citizen science, and simple projects to get you started.

National Geographic BioBlitz: If you have never launched your own investigation, or simply don’t have the time to research existing projects, BioBlitz is the place to start. It offers a well-developed scaffolded approach to citizen science that is perfect for the citizen science newbie. Do one BioBlitz mission, or complete all 13 missions! is the official US government website that provides a searchable catalog of federally supported citizen science projects, a toolkit to assist with designing and maintaining projects, and an online support community. The searchable database is awesome – search by student age, project topic, intended outcomes, and more.

ScistarterSciStarter is a comprehensive website where teachers and students can find, join, and contribute to more than 1600 formal and informal research projects and events. This kid-friendly site is well organized and fosters student-led discovery, organization, and participation in citizen science.

Zooniverse: I saved my favorite for last – I LOVE Zooniverse! The website is stunning, and is a comprehensive one-stop-shop for all things citizen science. What makes Zooniverse so interesting is that it offers a wide array of interdisciplinary projects, enabling anyone to take part in real cutting edge research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, history, language, and more.


Have you tried a citizen science project? Or do you have any other resources you would like to share? Please leave us a comment!