What is community science?

Community science is a way for volunteers to participate in the collection of scientific data. The data collected are often used for large-scale projects, where it would be impossible for professional scientists to collect all the necessary information. Additionally, it allows researchers to analyze data from a larger geographic range than they would be able to on their own. Community science projects range from testing water quality, surveying outdoor spaces for wildlife, monitoring beach debris, and beyond.

There are so many reasons to participate in a community science project: you can help to inform large-scale scientific investigations, it allows you to learn something new, it can often be a great opportunity to get outside, doing something you may not normally do, plus, science is cool! No matter your reason for engaging with a community science project, you’ll have fun doing it. 



find a community science project 

Are we missing a community science opportunity? Please email the information to info@greenseattle.org and we’ll add it to the list!


  • Stewardship Associate, Forterra Maya was born and raised in Pacific Northwest, and is thrilled to be on a team dedicated to protecting the land she has always called home. She has a B.S. from Western Washington University where she studied Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. During her time in college, she discovered a passion for conservation and restoration work while studying in the jungles of Costa Rica and Peru.  Aside from exploring tropical and temperate forests, she enjoys cooking, traveling, skiing, searching for frogs, and smiling at dogs.

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