Citizen Science and Monitoring
Common Ground is internationally recognized for it unique role in the arts and environmental fields: linking nature with culture, focusing on the positive investment people can make in their own localities, championing popular democratic involvement, and inspiring celebration as a starting point for action to improve the quality of our everyday places. They support community celebrations, outdoor sculpture, and the creation of local, artistic ‘parish maps’ that depict the unique character of each community.
Widely considered a best-practices model for education, Journey North is the nation’s premiere "citizen science" project for children, engaging students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K–12 students share field observations with classmates across North America, tracking the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, bald eagles, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, etc; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events. Find standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations and fit them into a global context. Teacher trainings and resources available. The general public is also welcome to participate.
Keeping Track teaches adults and children to observe, interpret, record and monitor evidence of wildlife habitat in their communities, and supports the use of monitoring data by citizens in local and regional conservation planning.
Monarch Watch: Dedicated to Education, Conservation and Research
Monarch Watch is a cooperative network of students, teachers, volunteers and researchers dedicated to the study of the Monarch butterfly.