|Participant Rating||4 stars||explanation of participant ratings|
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|Goal||To empower citizens to record biodiversity.|
|Task||Take photos of biodiversity and upload to iNaturalist|
Global, anywhere on the planet
iNaturalist.org is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. It is also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.
From hikers to hunters, birders to beach-combers, the world is filled with naturalists, and many of us record what we find. What if all those observations could be shared online? You might discover someone who finds beautiful wildflowers at your favorite birding spot, or learn about the birds you see on the way to work. If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature.
That's the vision behind iNaturalist.org. So if you like recording your findings from the outdoors, or if you just like learning about life, join us!
|How to Join||
Register on the iNaturalist web site.
|Ideal Age Group||Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors|
|Ideal Frequency||Just once|
|Average Time||Less than an hour|
|Spend the Time||outdoors|
|Type of Activity||In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, In the car, At home, In snow or rain, At the beach, Exclusively online, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At sports stadiums|
|Tags||android, app, biodiversity, girl scouts, iphone, museum|
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These are ratings provided by K-12 teachers. This rating reflects how well the project is suited for the classroom.
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I love using this as a way for kids to connect with nature through technology! The app takes a little getting used to, but it's a great resource.
app is a bit frustrating to use (make sure you enable access to your device for pictures and saving photos before you try to collect), but it's got a great user presence and great way to engage kids in citizen science.
Scott Loarie 02/17/2017
great tool for env ed
Catherine Hoffman 11/29/2016
Fun way to record nature!
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