Citizen science is a global movement through which scientists and non-scientists alike make observations, collect data, and help answer some of our planet's most pressing questions.

To protect biodiversity, we need to know more about it. Academy scientists travel the globe in their efforts to learn more, but they can’t be everywhere—we need your help!

Citizen scientists' collective observations of plants and animals, wherever they're found, are beginning to creating an important global record: what biodiversity is found where, how healthy populations are, and what's changing in the environment. By crowd-sourcing this kind of data collection and analysis, the citizen science movement helps science to answer some of the biggest questions we face today. 

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Becoming a citizen scientist has never been easier: download the free iNaturalist app from the Apple App or Google Play stores and snap photos of wild plants and animals you observe while out and about. Powered by the Academy and National Geographic Society, the fast-growing community of iNaturalist users have made more than 11 million observations and counting!

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Academy Projects

Learn more about our Bay Area projects, biodiversity surveys, and grassroots bioblitzes—what we've found, why we're looking, and how to get involved. 

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Snapshot Cal Coast

Snapshot Cal Coast is a California statewide effort to document our coastal biodiversity and create a "snapshot" in time of where species are located along our coast. So dig out your rubber boots and come join us in the tidepools!

Join a bioblitz


Join us for a grassroots bioblitz! We gather at local parks to find and document as many species as possible.


Join iNaturalist

Join iNaturalist

Our bioblitzes are powered by iNaturalist, our in-house, citizen science platform. It's a community-powered website and app that makes it easy to upload and share your observations in the field and to get help from other users with flora and fauna IDs.

You give. She gets.
The best way to celebrate 10 years of the New Academy? Help her get her hands dirty. Thanks for supporting scientific breakthroughs at the touch tank—and around the world.