Welcome to the Citizen Science Academy!

Registered participants receive an email prior to the first day of class with detailed instructions for setting up an account and accessing your course(s). 

Please ensure that your email is set to accept messages from all chicagobotanic.org addresses, and look in your spam or junk folder for any "missing" messages.  This site is maintained by Budburst and the Citizen Science Academy at the Chicago Botanic Garden: info@budburst.org

    Available courses

    Facilitator: Carolyn Mohr

    Facilitator: Jessa Finch

    During this 4-week, entirely online course, you will become familiar with five successful citizen science projects especially suited to both formal and informal education. Featured programs include: eBirdCoCoRaHSFrogWatch USAPicture Post, and Budburst. Participants explore each program, learning how to participate along with suggestions for educational activities to engage your learners. Participants select two of the five projects to explore in depth, including actual participation, if possible.

    Designed for grades 6-12, this course offers a good starting place if you are new to integrating data collection, manipulation, and display as part your citizen-science related instructional activities.  Specific projects will be highlighted in this course, including Project BudBurst, eBird, FrogWatch, Picture Post, and CoCoRaHS.  

    This course assumes a basic familiarity with the concept of citizen science and direct experience with or participation in at least one citizen science project.  Familiarity with using spreadsheets is also helpful.  


    Facilitators: Carolyn Mohr Ed.S. and Jessa Finch Ph.D.


    Discover how studying the life cycles of plants (phenology) reveals some consequences of climate change. This month-long, facilitated online course includes tips and activities to help you incorporate an observation-rich citizen science project (Budburst) into your lesson plans. Your students will be able to contribute to a national database and use that data to analyze how their world is changing. This course is listed as "Introduction to Plant Phenology and Climate Change (CT-1213)" by the Colorado School of Mines.