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Citizen Science Month and #OneMillionActsOfScience Needs You!

It's a packed week, with Earth Day, Arbor Day, The City Nature Challenge and more!

Citizen Science Salon iconCitizen Science SalonBy Bob HirshonApr 19, 2024 4:00 PM
Robot Uncle Sam requests your contribution to OneMillionActsOfScience! (Credit: Kevin Ripka)


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The last full week of Citizen Science Month is jam packed! It’s the week of Earth Day, Arbor Day, Noise Awareness Day, and the City Nature Challenge! Find a project and report your Act of Science here. Just creating a SciStarter account and participating in any Affiliate project before May 1 will earn you a One Million Acts of Science badge! And don't forget to share your activity on social media with the hashtag "#OneMillionActsOfScience," so we can celebrate with you.

April 21: Step Up for Volunteer Week!

We Need You! While, the word “volunteer” was once used primarily to describe military service, today it refers to any endeavor done of one’s own free will. So to celebrate Volunteer Week, why not enlist in the army of citizen scientists working to improve science research? We have a whole collection of projects you can do anytime, anywhere.

April 22: Earth Day

Show some love to the Earth this Earth Day! Credit: Joey Littlemore/ Public Domain, via Flickr Creative Commons

For its special day, what do you get a planet that has everything? How about gifting Mother Earth with a little “re-wilding,” by making an outdoor space more closely resemble its natural state? April 22's SciStarter LIVE event features filmmakers from the series Wild Hope, SciStarter staff, and STAR Net, showing how libraries can help with community re-wilding efforts.

April 23: Project Sidewalk

Project Sidewalk is a citizen science project anyone can participate in. Credit: Project Sidewalk

If you use a wheelchair, push a baby carriage, drag luggage or use pretty much anything with wheels, you rely on well-maintained sidewalks. With Project Sidewalk, you will report on the condition of sidewalks wherever you go, helping to guide people who rely on sidewalks, and also helping cities and towns maintain them.


Investigate the world of sound. Credit: Couleur via Pixabay

Sorry… just want to make sure you hear about noise awareness day, when we raise awareness of the harmful effects noise can have on health, hearing and wildlife. Try one of these five projects to help scientists understand our aural landscape.

April 25: Celebrate Trees!

No shame in being a tree-hugger! Credit: Laura Nelson

It’s Arbor Day, and we’ve got a collection of projects to advance tree research and help our bark-wearing, oxygen producing, habitat-creating, planet-protecting, plant partners thrive.

April 26: City Nature Challenge

With a smartphone, you can document the natural world. Credit: Bob Hirshon

When was the last time you played hide and seek? Well, today, for the City Nature Challenge, thousands of species of plants and animals will be out waiting for you to find them. Are you up to the challenge? If so, visit City Nature Challenge, find you city, sign up and start seeking. You and your neighbors will be competing against cities from all over the world to find the most species!

April 27: Marine Mammal Rescue Day

Dolphins need our help. Credit: Bob Hirshon

Despite being protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other laws, whales, dolphins, manatees, seals, sea lions, sea otters and walruses (are we leaving anyone out?) face a daunting range of human-related challenges, like getting hit by ships and tangled up in plastic. Today would be a good day to join one or more of the projects in our collection page to help them out.

April 29: Genes and Journeys! Bridging Gaps in Medical and Societal Accessibility

Healthcare research needs all of us. Credit: All of Us

On April 29, we're inviting you to transformative online conversation with community leaders - including the Chief Engagement Officer of All of Us (one of the most innovative precision medicine studies, ever) - about equity in healthcare, where we will discuss how to make healthcare research and science generally include everyone.

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