Citizen Science Day

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The Citizen Science Association, with support from SciStarter, is pleased to promote – and inspire sites to host – events in celebration of Citizen Science Day.

Citizen Science Day 2018 will be celebrated on April 14th.
Events will be held around that time period.

In 2016, the first year of Citizen Science Day celebrations, activities kicked off with a major celebration at the USA National Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. A series of citizen science “open houses” and activities followed, organized locally by science centers, museums, libraries, universities and schools, and federal agencies around the US and beyond. The celebrations culminated with the 2016 US National Parks Bioblitz, May 20-21.

Interested in hosting a 2018 Citizen Science Day event? Watch a webinar on YouTube to learn from both 2016 hosts and 2017 event organizers about planning Citizen Science Day activities at your site. The webinar provides an overview of Citizen Science Day, illustrates highlights from 2016, provides a discussion of ideas and resources for hosting events and regional meet-ups, and, in general, helps you prepare for Citizen Science Day 2018. The webinar wraps up with a brief tutorial on how to run a BioBlitz, by Alison Young from California Academy of Sciences and Lila Higgins of the LA Natural History Museum.


Citizen Science Day resources for host sites:

  • Downloadable Logos (Creative Commons licensed for use by all)
  • Promotional Video (Many thanks to The Crowd & The Cloud TV)
  • Calendar and Map (Provided by SciStarter)
  • Customizable Press Release (Download and use for your event…2018 version coming soon!)
  • Full Event Press Release (2018 version coming soon!)
  • on Twitter, please use #CitSciDay

Check out a list of past FAQs that sites – such as museums, libraries, parks, and nature centers – can use to plan locally-relevant activities that bring attention to citizen science impacts and opportunities. Such activities will include but not be limited to:

  • Zoos hosting series of guest speakers addressing wildlife-related project research;
  • Parks conducting a bioblitz;
  • Festivals engaging visitors in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities;
  • Libraries displaying SciStarter on a kiosk to connect people with projects;
  • Science centers hosting a forum to discuss the implications of a project’s findings;
  • Organization’s highlighting their standout citizen scientists from the year;
  • Practicioners of citizen science convening a regional meeting to to exchange ideas.

If you are hosting Citizen Science Day celebrations, please add your details to SciStarter’s calendar and map so that we can help promote your event and demonstrate the reach and diversity of activities.

You can also download the event logo to use on websites, flyers, t-shirts, and more.


Citizen Science Day is co-sponsored by the Citizen Science Association and SciStarter and is coordinated by the Citizen Science Day Task Force. We are grateful to the organizations listed below for offering their support. If you would like to join them in advancing or sponsoring Citizen Science Day, please contact us.

  • SciStarter
  • Crowd and the Cloud
  • LA Museum of Natural History
  • California Academy of Sciences