Citizen Science

Student: Kim Daly-Crews

Community Partner: Jacksonville Zoo and Garden

Citizen science is science performed by novel or amateur scientists. Individuals, or groups, collect data and some submit them to online databases. The data are then analyzed by one or more professional scientists. There are many types of citizen science programs, some involve getting outside and connecting with nature and others can be done online from the comfort of your couch. Citizen Science can be a valuable tool for large scale data collection. It can help scientists track changes in things such as global weather patters or animal migrations, as well as water quality or bird populations in a community. The University of North Florida (UNF) Environmental Center and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens have teamed up to spread the word about citizen science. We provide opportunities for families and students in the Jacksonville area to participate in outdoor data collection.