Did you know you can help science researchers from your own neighborhood or even your own backyard? Many research organizations are looking for volunteers to help them collect local data to help them build their research data! We’ve selected a few project we think are pretty cool to share with you in hopes you may help out! 

Bumble Bee Watch


Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees. This community science project allows for individuals to:

  • Upload photos of bumble bees to start a virtual bumble bee collection;
  • Identify the bumble bees in your photos and have your identifications verified by experts;
  • Help researchers determine the status and conservation needs of bumble bees;
  • Help locate rare or endangered populations of bumble bees;
  • Learn about bumble bees, their ecology, and ongoing conservation efforts; and
  • Connect with other community scientists.



What is CoCoRaHS? CoCoRaHS is an acronym for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.  CoCoRaHS is a unique, non-profit, community-based network of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow).   By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. We are now in all fifty states.

Minnesota Phenology Network


You probably already observe seasonal changes in nature—from the frogs calling in the spring to the trees turning colors in the fall. That’s phenology. By sharing what you observe in a systematic way, you join a growing group of amateur and professional naturalists who are building a valuable database of information about climate change and its impact on important species. 

You decide where you want to observe—in your yard or neighborhood, at a park or at your cabin, or anywhere you’d like. And you pick the plants and animals you’d like to follow. There are hundreds to choose from.

Other Oppertunities

Want to see what other data collection oppertunities are out here in Minnesota? Check out the link below!