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What is Citizen Science Month?

by Nathaniel Scharping on March 31, 2021

This April, explore over 100 events planned around everything from measuring light pollution to counting caterpillars.

Citizen Science Month, held every April, is a month-long celebration of citizen science hosted by SciStarter and Arizona State University, with support from the Network of the National Library of Medicine. Volunteers from all walks of life get involved in research by collecting data, analyzing results, and helping solve some of the biggest problems in science. Libraries are where many people get introduced to citizen science for the first time, and SciStarter partners with libraries and other organizations from around the world to host events and introduce kits for some of the most popular citizen projects, filled with everything volunteers need to get started. Anyone can add or discover a citizen science project or event…including you! 

The Citizen Science Month webpage has everything you need to get started this April. Find featured projects, upcoming events and resources to bring your citizen science game to the next level.

There are more than 100 events lined up for Citizen Science Month this year. Our calendar page has the full list of citizen science events, spanning everything from the future of health and medicine to water quality and events about how to train your brain.

Ready to get citizen science-ing, but not sure where to begin? We recommend our featured projects, including Globe at Night — which asks you to identify light pollution in the night sky — and Stall Catchers, a gamified project seeking to accelerate Alzheimer’s research. Look for special events from both during April!

For a one-stop-shop for libraries and library staff, check out SciStarter’s Library Resources page. Here, you’ll find our guide to citizen science, instructional videos, templates for library kits and more.

Upcoming Citizen Science Events

Looking for an event that you can invite your community to? We have some suggestions from our calendar! 
Citizen Science Kids Day
April 3 at 10 AM ET
Spend your Saturday morning with National Geographic’s “Weird But True!” and PBS’s “SciGirls” in an event presented by SciStarter. The event will be hosted by Kid Reporters from TIME for Kids who will moderate the live event, interview celebrities and make sure YOUR questions get answered!

Gaming 4 Science Day
April 16 at 2 PM ET
Did you know you can help make new scientific discoveries by gaming online? Participate in one (or all!) of the most popular citizen science games: Stall Catchers (analyze data for Alzheimer’s research), Eterna (design RNA-based medicines) and Neureka (make a difference for mental health and dementia research). Best of all, you can play from anywhere! This event is supported by SciStarter and the Network of the National Library of Medicine. 

Citizen Science in the Night Sky
April 29 at 9 PM ET
Join Dave Eicher, Editor-in-Chief of Astronomy Magazine, as he moderates a Q&A with the leaders of the Aurorasaurus, Spiral Graph and Smartphone Astrophotography citizen science projects.