This year, if you are looking for a unique way to celebrate Earth Day, consider participating in a citizen science project. Scientists use volunteers across the country to make observations in their environment or community, then record them online to create a database. This information can help scientists track species populations and identify those that are on the decline or in trouble.
Older children can often complete these projects on their own after being shown how. Younger children may need the help of an adult, who might enjoy participating in the project just as much as the child. Take a look at these resources to help you find a project that interests your family or children.
Journey North is a free, Internet-based program that explores the interrelated aspects of seasonal change. On its website you’ll find a handful of projects dedicated to exploring how sunlight and the seasons affect living things on Earth. From tracking animal migrations like those of monarch butterflies and hummingbirds, to monitoring plant growth using tulips, your children will learn about the interconnectedness of life on the planet.
The post continues with a list of initiatives and projects, a couple of which we've featured in the past. Especially if you have kids, there are some good opportunities to get them involved in some fun projects.