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Community Science with Students

Use these community science apps that help environmental scientists across different fields understand how climate change is affecting wildlife, plants, and ecosystems at large. Data collected informs wildlife and land management plans at the local, state, and national level. The apps listed below are easy to incorporate in the classroom and can even become a part of your daily routine.

iNaturalist  Help us discover, map and monitor life across Vermont by joining the Vermont Atlas of Life project. Your observations can be turned into research-grade, citizen science data that will help us discover, track and ultimately conserve our natural heritage.

iNaturalist Teacher Guide - Learn how to properly submit observations with your class.


Contribute bird sightings to a citizen science database. Your sightings contribute to hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and help inform bird research worldwide.

Free k-12 eBird lesson plan downloads from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


A community-focused, data-driven approach to plant conservation. Brought to you by the Chicago Botanic Garden. Links the timing of plant life cycle events to human impacts on the environment.

BudBurst Educator Resources

Nature’s Notebook

Track seasonal changes in the life cycle stages of plants and animals with the National Phenology Network. 

Educator Resources by Grade Level 

Nature's Notebook Activities and Curricula designed to help your. students collect, summarize, and analyze data.
Workshop resources for training volunteers and students.
An archived list of presentations our staff has shared.

Field Scope

An innovative map-based data collection and analysis platform managed by BSCS Science Learning. It supports community science projects and other initiatives with tools to collect data from dispersed geographic locations and to analyze trends, patterns and change over time, including the impact of interventions. Launch or join a project from collecting and analyzing water samples to mapping the migration of birds.

Lesson Plans using Field Scope


Chronolog is an environmental photo monitoring project powered by citizen science. Environmental educators set up photo stations where visitors can contribute to a long term time-lapse to help manage important ecosystems or educate the public on phenology changes around them. For more information, email, click on the link above or watch the following video.

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