As part of my 2015-16 eXtension Citizen Science Fellowship, I compiled a set of resources for Citizen Science in Cooperative Extension. Read also my thoughts on the State of Citizen Science in Extension in 2016.
Citizen science is continuing to grow inside and outside of Extension. There are many partnerships that cross the “boundaries” of Extension and agriculture and natural resources with other groups – both originating in Extension and expanding beyond, as well as forming outside Extension and bringing us in. The possibilities for involving your clientele and stakeholders in acquiring and making sense of authentic data to improve their own lives or for broader science engagement are nearly endless.
I encourage you to look through many of the resources listed below, even if you’re not sure you’re ready for data analysis – you may get ideas for different projects to join by looking at those resources. Many of these groups offer multiple tools such as project listings and project hosting in one resource, so it is hard to separate them into just one category. And don’t forget to participate in National Citizen Science Day (it goes on for much longer than just one day)!
First, two documents that offer insight into what people who participate in citizen science might take away from their experiences. This is an active area of research among the Citizen Science Association Research and Evaluation working group as well:
Review of Existing Research on Citizen Science, science education, and free-choice learning
Webinars – in these two 30-minute webinars, I present an overview of Citizen Science in Extension and the tools and resources collected, most of which (and more) are also linked here. Audience Q-and-A and further examples included.