Citizen Science

How can you have fun while simultaneously contributing to science? By joining the global citizen science movement. The Nat, independent naturalists, and outside organizations have created numerous citizen science projects aimed at helping scientists better understand the species that exists in any given region at any given time. Take part in the projects below to contribute to the exploration and creation of scientific knowledge. At the Nat, everyone is welcome to join in on the fun.Your observations help create a better understanding of our region for generations to come.

City Nature Challenge

April 26-29, 2019

Join the global competition to see which city can record the greatest number of observations of their local flora and fauna over a 4-day period.

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Flying Squirrels of Southern California

Help The Nat and regional scientists learn more about the charming and elusive California flying squirrel. Participants residing in the San Bernardino Mountains may be eligible to install a camera in their yard to capture images of this nocturnal creature.

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Amphibian and Reptile Atlas of Peninsular California

Take photos of reptiles and amphibians you spot in Southern California and Baja California and upload them to iNaturalist. Suggest an identification or have them identified by the iNaturalist community.

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San Diego County Plant Atlas

Take photos of wild plants you come across in San Diego County and upload them to the San Diego County Plant Atlas project on iNaturalist. Suggest an identification or have them identified by the iNaturalist community.

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View results and project summaries of past citizen science projects. Learn more.