What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science is a way for people in the local community to get involved with important scientific research. Volunteers without formal scientific education or training can, among other activities, gather data for ongoing research. These volunteers may serve as data collectors, processors or analysts. Citizen science helps scientists expand their opportunities to access and collect scientific data that would otherwise be impossible or prohibitively expensive to achieve without the assistance of volunteers.

Below is a list of opportunities in the San Juan Islands, Salish Sea and the surrounding area. You are bound to find one that suits your interest!

Friends of the San Juans

Jelly Watch

KWIATL: Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea

Marine Mammal Stranding Network

My Salish Sea

Northeast Pacific Minke Whale Project



Pacific Biodiversity Insitute

Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring

Port Townsend Marine Science Center

PRIM: Sea Star Wasting Disease

Puget Sound Ecosystem Monitoring Program

Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary

Salish Sea Restoration

Salish Sea Sick Star Fish Map

San Juan Marine Resources Committee

SeaDoc Society

Secchi – Phytoplankton survey

Skagit Marine Resources Committee

Washington Sea Grant

Whidbey Audubon Society

WSU Beach Watchers: San Juan County

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