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Encyclopedia of Life

Main Project Information
Goal Create a resource for people to learn about the species on Earth
Task Take wildlife photos, comment, research and write about species
Where Washington, 20013-7012 DC 20013-7012

The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) provides free, open, multilingual, digital access to trusted information on all known species through its website at EOL is an international collaboration led by the Smithsonian that works to raise awareness and understanding of living nature.
Citizen Scientists can participate in many ways, from contributing articles, photos, videos and sounds, to creating and using collections, to annotating and curating biodiversity content.

How to Join

Go to and click on "create an account". This is free, and lets you customize your experience on our site. Then visit to find various ways to contribute information. You can join, or our Flickr group to contribute photos, our Vimeo or Youtube groups to post video, and you can add text directly to any taxon page. If you are not a professional biologist, one of our curators will visit your content to verify its accuracy. You will be personally credited for all your contributions to EOL.

Social Media
Required Gear

Just a computer and internet connection!!

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags algae, ambphibians, animals, archaea, bacteria, biodiversity, birds, checklist, crustaceans, encyclopedia, field guide, fishes, flowers, fungi, insects, invertebrates, mammals, molds, mullusks, mushrooms, photos, plants, protists, protozoa, reptiles, species, spiders, trees, viruses, worms
Project Updated 05/23/2018