Citizen Science Center

Located on the first floor of the NRC, the Citizen Science Center is our primary exhibit devoted to citizen science. Inside you’ll learn about ways that you can contribute to citizen science and learn about some of the scientists and citizen scientists who have left their mark on science. Our Citizen Science Center also features recent discoveries made by people just like you!

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge Ecostation is the backyard of the Museum, a 45-acre field station and nature center just a few miles from downtown Raleigh. Look for guided citizen science programs on our schedule or stop by to collect data on your own through one of the many citizen science smartphone apps currently available.

Investigate Labs

Want to contribute to science during your visit? Visit one of our Investigate Labs in the NRC and ask how you can participate in citizen science.

Research Labs

Our scientists are busy doing research in both of our downtown Raleigh buildings, and sometimes they need your help. During your visit, learn more about how people like you are helping our scientists learn more about mammal populations, the mites that live on your face, the bacteria that live in your armpits, or how we are hoping to transform science education with citizen science by visiting the displays outside the Research Labs in the NRC. Museum scientists are working hard to develop new projects that you can participate in too.

Citizen Science Chats

Join Dr. Caren Cooper for monthly Twitter discussions about citizen science! In a question-answer format with guest panelists, each #CitSciChat is a fast-paced and vibrant discussion of current topics and events in citizen science, covering scientific, policy, education, and social themes. Join the #CitSciChat one or two Wednesday afternoons a month to talk about the world of citizen science. Upcoming dates and topics are available at the link above and on the Museum’s monthly citizen science newsletter.

Citizen Science News

Sign up for the Museum’s citizen science newsletter and be the first to get citizen science news, schedules of events, and information about new and exciting citizen science opportunities. You’ll typically receive 1-3 e mails a month.

You can also follow the citizen science happenings at the Museum on our Google+ page!