Citizen science is the participation of the general public in the collection of data for scientific research. Examples include collecting water samples, monitoring wildlife, and reporting invasive species. This data enhances scientific knowledge, which can help inform conservation efforts to improve human and environmental health.
Extensive knowledge or time is not required to make meaningful contributions to environmental research. Many people participate in citizen science programs because they’re fun, educational, and provide a sense of purpose – people’s contributions are valued and can have real-world impacts.
See the following link to learn more about the importance of citizen science in Lake Country:
Why Citizen Science Matters! (video, 2 min.)
Citizen Science Opportunities
Lake Partner Program
Ontario’s volunteer-based, water quality monitoring program.