Citizen science is an important component of many scientific research studies around the world. It helps scientists collect much more data than would otherwise be possible. Citizen scientists contribute to real-world scientific research, make new discoveries and for some projects can also reap the benefits of spending time in nature.
Leap into Nature is focused on citizen science as a tool to engage people with nature and science. There are many programs you can get involved in from the comfort of your own home, or get active outdoors, explore nature and find out things about nature you never knew before. Its a fantastic way to get the kids involved in outdoor activities too, as there are some great skills to learn and technology to engage with and lots of critters to learn about.
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Get in contact with me if you would like to know more, or better still register your interest with the Sustainability Department of Glen Eira City Council here: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have started to create some resources, here is the first one geared for children - colouring in of a Blue-banded bee