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Notes from Nature

Main Project Information
Presented By Zooniverse
Goal Digitize biological museum collections.
Task Transcribe labels and ledgers of museum's historical collections
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

Most natural history collections are housed in museum cabinets, where they are not easily available to citizens and researchers. The Notes from Nature transcription project addresses this problem by digitizing biological collections one record at a time! Help museum staff and scientists by transcribing the labels and ledgers that have been meticulously recorded and stored over the past century. In many cases these are the only historical records of species distribution available. Join us in unlocking this important information - take some notes from nature!

How to Join

Visit the website at, choose a collection to work on, and start transcribing from your own computer!

Instructions on how to find information on individual transcription fields are located in the help text of every field. You can ask questions by clicking on the "Discuss" button.

Project Timing This is an ongoing project
Social Media
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 indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At home, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Training Materials
Class Materials,
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags biodiversity, insects, museum, natural history, plants, transcribing, words
Project Updated 05/23/2018