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Citizen Science Volunteer Programs

Citizen science is a collaborative movement between scientists and researchers to accelerate innovation and data through public participation

Available Programs

All about Arsenic

A secondary school-based citizen science project to address arsenic contamination of well water.

BioBlitz! Oklahoma

Created by the Oklahoma Biological Survey, those interested can join over 500 Oklahomans in Observing the biodiversity across the state. Get outside and help scientists to identify various plants and animals in this fun-for-all project.

Blue Thumb of Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s Blue Thumb is a statewide citizen science program that trains volunteers to monitor creeks and streams and share their knowledge of water quality with others. The goal of Blue Thumb is to empower people to protect water in their region from nonpoint source pollution.

Community collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow/Network

Get involved in a volunteer network in your community as a CoCoRaHS weather observer. All ages and backgrounds are needed to help measure and map precipitation including rain, hail and snow.

Crowd the Tap

Crowd the Tap is an EPA-funded project that promotes access to safe drinking water by assisting individuals and groups with investigations of pipe materials that deliver drinking water to homes. This is the first project to engage and empower water consumers with investigating drinking water pipe infrastructure.

Flu Near You

Early detection and early response are key to preventing the spread of any disease. Letting individuals report symptoms in real-time can complement traditional tracking while providing useful information directly to the public.

I See Change

ISeeChange is dedicated to empowering communities to document and understand their environment, weather and climate in order to increase resilience. This platform, tools, and investigations provide equitable, iterative ways for residents to personalize, measure, and track climate change impacts and better participate in community adaptation decisions.

Leaf Pack Network

The Leaf Pack Network® is an international network of teachers, students, and citizen monitors investigating their local stream ecosystems. Following instructions in the Leaf Pack Network Manual, monitors use tree leaves and aquatic insects to determine the health of their stream and understand its ecology.

Stream Monitoring

The Izaak Walton League’s Save Our Streams program is the only nationwide program training volunteers to protect waterways from pollution and bring information about water quality to their communities. There are five citizen science project to choose from, including Creek Freaks, Stream Selfies and Monitoring Macros.

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