NASA needs your help! You can collaborate with professional scientists, conduct cutting-edge science, and make real discoveries.  A science degree is not required, just a passion for understanding the natural world. Here, you can read news about NASA-funded citizen science projects, new discoveries, and opportunities to get involved. For more information on current citizen science projects.


Earth, Citizen Science
Apr 25, 2023
Dr. Gerald Guala talks about the many ways citizen scientists are enhancing NASA's Earth science data collection.
Seven volunteers dressed in colorful drysuits ride in a gray inflatable boat moving through waters containing floating sea ice. In the background is cloudy sky framing a large snow-covered iceberg, rock or land formation.
Earth, Citizen Science
Mar 13, 2023
Near the Chesapeake Bay? Join Chesapeake Water Watch and help scientists monitor its health! (Credit: Shelby Brown)
Blue text reads Chesapeake Water Watch down the middle of a square graphic; icons on the left of the text include a mobile device, a water guage and a satellite; on the right is a colorful satellite image of Chesapeake Bay
Citizen Science
Feb 16, 2023
Ham Radio operators, we’re calling you! Members of the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation will be making radio contacts during the 2023 and 2024 North American eclipses, probing the Earth’s ionosphere. It will be a fun, friendly event with a competitive element—and you’re invited to... Read More
Photo of a large metal antenna with a solar eclipse in the sky
Dec 19, 2022
Now you can learn more about how Remote Sensing and Citizen Science go together at an online introductory webinar series provided by NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET).
Satellite image of United States with text overlaying: ARSET Introductory Webinar: Connecting Citizen Science with Remote Sensing. Jan 24-31.
Earth, Sky Watching, Citizen Science
Oct 26, 2022
A flash of lightning, and then – something else. High above the storm, a crimson figure blinks in and out of existence. If you saw it, you are a lucky witness of a sprite, one of the least-understood electrical phenomena in Earth’s upper atmosphere. But if you caught it on camera, your photo could... Read More
Red sprites formed above thunderstorms in the southeast Aegean Sea, as captured from the eastern suburbs of Athens, Greece on December 4, 2021.
Citizen Science
Oct 4, 2022
Participate in the NASA GLOBE Trees Challenge from Oct 11-Nov 11, 2022!  Join us on Oct. 11 for a kick-off webinar! 
Graphic illustration of a pine tree and a sunset
Earth, Citizen Science
Jun 3, 2022
Today we’re saying thank you to everyone who has pitched in to classify wildlife photos at snapshotwisconsin.org. Over the last four years you helped scientists model species distributions, measure vegetation phenology, study how deer use habitats to escape extreme temperatures, and much more.... Read More
Photo of a large bull elk with horns walking up to a trail camera in the woods
May 10, 2022
When the 10,000th observation was submitted to Mountain Rain or Snow on the morning of March 15th, wet snow was falling on much of the Sierra Nevada. The National Weather Service was predicting slick mountain passes and possible delays due to rain for commuters in the city, but Mountain Rain or... Read More
Photograph of a woman wearing an orange jacket and dark hat standing in a field with trees in the distance while she collects falling snow data on her mobile phone.
Earth, Citizen Science
Apr 21, 2022
It's almost Earth Day – looking for ways to celebrate? Show you care by becoming a NASA citizen scientist! Our citizen science programs are collaborations with NASA scientists and members of the public.
Photo of a hand holding a mobile phone with an Earth Observer application and mountains in the background
Citizen Science
Apr 7, 2022
The FjordPhyto citizen science project has joined the NASA family! This project is a collaboration between researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (USA) and tour vessel members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators.
FjordPhyto citizen scientists collect seawater and phytoplankton samples to investigate the changing polar marine environment.