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Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development are working in partnership with the Noyce Foundation to build support for citizen science in 4-H contexts.


Efforts for connecting 4-H to citizen science include the following initiatives:

  1. In 2013, 4-H county educators and volunteers across New York State and California are piloting the BirdSleuth K-12 Nature Detectives Kit to determine its effectiveness for guiding kids towards participating in citizen science.

  2. A national survey to learn about 4-H interest in and experience with citizen science across the country will be sent to 4H State Specialists, Regional and County educators, and key staff or volunteers.

  3. A webinar June 12th, repeated June 13th, shared findings from the survey, offer ways to integrate citizen science into 4-H programming, and highlight exemplar citizen science projects in different 4-H contexts.



Resources for pilot team members...

Online workshop evaluation form

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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