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Citizen Science


Estimated time to complete: 2 hours

Upon completion, you will receive a Basic Level certificate of completion.

Including citizen science into your programs can provide your students with the opportunity to collaborate with professional scientists on real-world problems by gathering and analyzing data through hands-on research. In these four chapters, you’ll learn how citizen science fits into out-of-school time learning, how to select citizen science activities for your students and your program, and how to prepare for a citizen science project.

Implementation Strategies

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Upon completion, you will receive an Advanced Level certificate of completion.

Find step-by-step instructions on how to choose a citizen science project, gather the necessary resources for your project and set goals for your students and staff, all while keeping your students engaged.

After completing this section, you will be able to

  • Align citizen science projects with student needs and program goals.
  • Use strategies to implement citizen science in your program.
  • Identify resources that prepare staff and students for citizen scienceprojects.
  • Demonstrate student performance using informal assessments.

Coaching My Staff

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour

Upon completion, you will receive a Leadership Level certificate of completion. 

Use the Trainings-to-Go and Training Starter resources to develop the skills your staff need to implement a citizen science project into your out-of-school time programs.

After completing this section, you will be able to

  • Plan staff training to develop and maintain the skills necessary to facilitate citizen science activities.
  • Assess your staff’s readiness to incorporate citizen science.
  • Select Y4Y resources that are relevant to your staff.


Find downloadable, customizable tools that can assist you in planning, implementing and assessing your projects.

My Notebook

Citizen Science

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Citizen Science