Now is a great time to get involved in NOAA science.  

Whether you’re outdoors or in your home, you can be a part of NOAA’s world-class research and monitoring efforts.

People who volunteer to participate in the scientific process, popularly known as citizen science, have a long history of contributing to our understanding of the world around us. NOAA offers a wealth of volunteer citizen science opportunities, such as recording  rainfall, analyzing underwater fish photographs and storm spotting  to name a few. 

April is Citizen Science Monthoffsite link, the perfect time to celebrate the dedicated volunteers who contribute over a million volunteer hours annually to help power our projects. From observing green sea turtles while on vacation, to hiking 90 miles to check the locations of bench marks and so much more, volunteers have dedicated their time and knowledge, having an immeasurable impact on our mission of science, service and stewardship.

But don’t take our word for it: Read these first-hand accounts from NOAA citizen scientists.

A plan to expand the reach of NOAA Citizen Science

As we work to expand and improve the opportunities available to volunteers, we are excited to announce the release of the new NOAA Citizen Science Action Plan, which details how NOAA will advance public participation in the work that we do. The Plan is our way to ensure that collaboration, inclusiveness and data quality remain core considerations of the projects that we offer. 

Citizen science is important to NOAA — it’s one of our six Science & Technology Focus areas. Join us!