Citizen science is scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, often in collaboration with or under the direction of professional scientists and scientific institutions.
There’s a citizen science project for you, whatever your age or background. You can:
- spot threatened species, hunt weeds or monitor instruments
- use your love of photography, technology or birdwatching
- participate from home or in one of our beautiful national parks
- join us for a day or a lifetime.
Citizen science involves getting together with like-minded people, and having fun picking up and sharing new skills.
Families, individuals, students and community groups are all welcome.
You don’t need a science background or technical know-how to take part. All you need is an enquiring mind.
Our citizen science projects are part of a growing global movement to engage the community in scientific research.
OEH’s vision is to drive this new era of public participation in science by developing collaborative, engaging projects that support decision-making.
By working together with the wider community, we can gather robust data to make more informed decisions about how we manage our environment.
For more details, download a copy of the OEH Citizen Science Strategy (PDF, 1.6MB) or OEH Citizen Science Position Statement (PDF, 1.2MB).
We believe in enabling researchers to run their own citizen science projects. If you’d like some help planning and managing your projects see our Project toolkit.
We are also interested in working with partnersto deliver new and innovative citizen science projects. If you’d like to partner with us, please get in touch.
- Threatened species projects
- Animal and plant surveys
- Digital projects
- Freshwater projects
- Land and soil projects
How do I find out more?
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please get in touch with the citizen science team. We can then contact you when something suitable comes up.