This monthly natural history series for families introduces Zoo Members to the many citizen science programs in which they may participate in their backyards or local green spaces. As the name suggests, citizen science projects encourage amateur scientists to provide data for studies run by professional scientists. Each program includes fun activities related to the featured plants or animals in addition to an overview of the project of the month. These programs are free but require pre-registration. (Please note: some of these projects require a short training session – these programs ar introductions and not official trainings for these projects)
Click the desired date below to pre-register for the program.
Zoo Members, to reserve your space for this event you must be registered and logged in to the Zoo’s online store. If you have not created registration before, click below. Once you do, you’ll automatically be eligible to sign up.
Great Backyard Bird Counts at the Zoo
The Great Backyard Bird Count (http://gbbc.birdcount.org/) unites bird lovers across the globe in a President’s Day weekend census. Learn how to count the birds in your own backyard during this program available exclusively to Zoo Members.
Project Bud Burst
Trees and shrubs are important indicators of climatic changes and habitat disturbances. Learn to record a year in the life of your favorite woody plants! This program is offered exclusively to members. (http://budburst.org/)
With their moist, sensitive skin, frogs serve an important function alerting scientist of environmental changes. Learn frog calls and how to use them to monitor amphibian populations in your local wetlands. This program is offered exclusively to members. (https://www.aza.org/frogwatch
INaturalist City Nature Challenge – Baltimore Against the World!
Spend a fun morning competing for Baltimore against other cities for the most natural organisms identified and entered into the INaturalist database (https://www.inaturalist.org/)