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Citizen Science & Civic Ecology


  • Citizen Science – an exciting, multifaceted way to bring people and birds together for conservation. The Cornell Lab’s Citizen Science program offers an array of projects that engage thousands of people in recording bird observations—whether in backyards, city streets, or remote forests—to help researchers better understand birds and their responses to environmental change.
  • YardMap – a free, interactive, citizen-science mapping project about habitat creation and low-impact land use.  Be on the map for birds, science, and to find new ways to enjoy your yard!
  • Celebrate Urban Birds  – a year-round project developed and launched by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Its primary purpose is to reach diverse urban audiences who do not already participate in science or scientific investigation.
  • NestWatch –  a nationwide monitoring program designed to track status and trends in the reproductive biology of birds, including when nesting occurs, number of eggs laid, how many eggs hatch, and how many hatchlings survive.
  • Project FeederWatch – a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.
  • Master Naturalists – a high-quality, science-based training program designed to teach adults about New York’s natural resources, empowering them to educate others and participate in on-the-ground conservation management projects.


  • Link to radio interview with Professor Marianne Krasny, regarding civic ecology.
  • National EPA environmental education program – EECapacity – provides opportunities for professionals and volunteers to join in discussions about our environment and our communities, share success stories of where environmental education has made a difference, and learn about successful practices from across the globe. We believe that by providing these opportunities for individuals working in environmental education, youth and community development, resource management, and related fields, we will be able to build on and expand the critical role environmental education plays in fostering healthy environments and communities.
  • Civic Ecology Lab – Through integrating research and outreach, students and faculty working in the Lab seek to understand and support community-based stewardship practices, including community forestry, community gardening, and watershed restoration.

Reclaiming Broken Places MOOC open on ongoing basis, or open for self-learning—no longer offered with certificate.

  • Garden Mosaics – Connecting youth and elders… to investigate the mosaic of plants, people, and cultures in gardens, to learn about science, and act together to enhance their community.
  • Environmental Inquiry (EI) –  A collection of ideas and resources to support student projects on a wide range of topics in the environmental sciences.
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