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Citizen Science Academy

Learn how to better engage your students, visitors, or program participants with the natural world through citizen science. Citizen Science Academy courses use Project BudBurst as a case study for learning about citizen science as a field, how to use citizen science effectively in a variety of educational settings, and how to create compelling activities and opportunities to engage with the natural world.  

Some courses also include other citizen science programs, including eBird, Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), FrogWatch USA, and Picture Post.  Citizen Science Academy courses allow you to participate in a community of practice dedicated to engaging youth and adults in science.  While geared towards formal and informal educators, courses are open to all.  

You will be completing these courses in 30 days with a cohort of other educators. Each unit includes a combination of readings, videos, discussions, activities, and self-assessments.  All courses are instructor-led with feedback and guidance provided throughout.  Online discussion provides opportunities to build and contribute to a community of practice around citizen science.  

Course Registration Fee:  $35   

Optional graduate-level continuing education credits are available from the Colorado School of Mines. Each course is eligible for two credits. The fee for two optional credits is $95. For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions

Current Courses

Introduction to Citizen Science: Explorations in Educational Settings (CSA 520) 
Do you currently use Citizen Science in your teaching or outreach? Would you like to? In this course, you will become familiar with five successful citizen science projects especially suited to both formal and informal education. 

Future Courses

Introduction to Project BudBurst for Educators (CSA 501) 
This professional development course provides detailed information about Project BudBurst and explains how to participate. You will receive guidance on selecting your plants and making observations, suggestions for structuring your classroom involvement, and ideas for educational activities to engage your students in analyzing data. Share ideas and learn from other educators as you discover how to use BudBurst as an educational tool.

This course is offered in two sections:

  • CSA 501a was developed for educators in formal education settings such as K – 12 classrooms and community colleges.
  • CSA 501b was developed for educators in informal education settings such as botanic gardens, nature preserves, and science museums.

While both sections feature similar content, each provides implementation strategies specific to its unique learning situation. Also, to facilitate more useful discussion, this design allows you to take the course with others who are in similar educational settings.

Using Citizen Science Data in the Classroom (CSA 521)  
Designed for both K – 12 educators and informal educators, this course will provide you with the tools you need to use citizen science data in an educational setting.  

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. Specific projects will be highlighted in this course, including Project BudBurst, eBird, FrogWatch, Picture Post, and CoCoRaHS.

This course offers background and activities to effectively implement citizen science projects in the classroom. It provides a good starting place if you are new to integrating data collection, manipulation and display as part your citizen-science related instructional activities.


For more information about Citizen Science Academy, please contact Jean Bryan.