Citizen Science at Science Centers (and other informal science institutions!)

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Do informal science ed? Interested in citizen science? This set of slides introduces how citizen science can be a great fit for science centers and other informal science institutions, and helps you get connect to resources to get you started.

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Citizen Science at Science Centers (and other informal science institutions!)

  1. 1. Citizen Science -at-Science Centers
  2. 2. Citizen ScienceMembers of the public engaging inreal-world scientific investigations:asking questions, collecting data,and/or interpreting results.
  3. 3. It’slearning… In the Monarch Larvae Monitoring Program, youth “bond” over loving science! (Kountoupes and Oberhauser 2008)Photo, MLMP photo gallery
  4. 4. … and it’sreal science! Monarch data predict ideal breeding conditions will be found further north in the future. (Batalden et al. 2007)
  5. 5. But, how do you do both? and well?at science centers?!
  6. 6. We haveexperience to share …
  7. 7. … and so do you! Survey: citizen science in science centers? Interested but not yet involved Current (87) involvement (41)Opportunities. Past involvement (24) Never again (3)
  8. 8. … and so do you! Survey: citizen science in science centers? Interested but not yet involved Current (87) involvement (41)Opportunities. Past involvement Learning (24)opportunities! Never again (3)
  9. 9. So,what works? “I am able to work with this kind of programming because it…”0 10 20 30 40 50
  10. 10. So,what works? “I am able to work with this kind of programming because it…” … is supported by external funding nope.0 10 20 30 40 50
  11. 11. So,what works? “I am able to work with this kind of programming because it…” … fits well with our institutional priorities ding ding0 10 20 30 40 50 ding!
  12. 12. We help you gain: • Awareness of a wide range of citizen science projects and approaches • Knowledge of where to start looking for ideas, resources, and support • Connections with a community of practice for citizen science • Skills to develop a citizen science strategy targeted for your institution and goals
  13. 13. Now …
  14. 14. …do you want to do citizenscience?
  15. 15. Get started here: CitizenScience.org/ISIs
  16. 16. Photo credits:Project NestWatch, www.nestwatch.orgProject BudBurst, www.neoninc.org/budburstCommunity Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Program, www.cocorahs.orgLost Ladybug Project, www.lostladybug.orgGalaxyZoo, www.galaxyzoo.orgCyberTracker, www.cybertracker.orgMonarch Larvae Monitoring Project, www.mlmp.orgAnitaGould on Flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/anitagould/46701075/Resources:Kountoupes, D. L., and K. S. Oberhauser. 2008. Citizen Science and Youth Audiences: EducationalOutcomes of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship1:10-20.Batalden, R. V., K. Oberhauser, and A. T. Peterson. 2007. Ecological Niches in Sequential Generations ofEastern North American Monarch Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Danaidae): The Ecology of Migration andLikely Climate Change Implications. Environmental Entomology 36:1365-1373.For more information:CitizenScience.orgcscentral@cornell.edu

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