Citizen Science in Yellowstone

Yellowstone Citizen Science

The Yellowstone Citizen Science Initiative provides unique opportunities for park stewards of all backgrounds to directly engage with scientific research taking place in Yellowstone National Park!

Participants collect essential data that draw crucial connections between changes to Yellowstone’s environment and the species it supports, ultimately helping to inform science-driven management decisions.

The Initiative is a collaboration between Yellowstone Forever, Yellowstone National Park, and surrounding communities.

Housing is available for Citizen Science volunteers at the Yellowstone Overlook Kendeda Field Campus or our new Landis residence in Gardiner, MT.

Want more information about our Citizen Science projects? Contact Garrett Tovey, Citizen Science Specialist with the Yellowstone Forever Institute, at or 406.848.2823, or Erik Oberg, National Park Service Biologist, at or 307.344.2156.


Red-tailed Hawk Monitoring

Red-tailed hawks are a ubiquitous raptor across Yellowstone. Assist with road-side Red-tailed Hawk nest searching across Yellowstone’s Northern Range.

Home on the Range

Is there home on the range for the most abundant ungulate community in North America? Help Yellowstone document herd demographics and collect samples.

Invasive Weed Mapping

More than 200 nonnative species have been documented in Yellowstone. Help the park document and remove non-native plants and weeds.

Yellowstone Phenology

By recording changes in plant and animal life cycles over time, you can help park managers better anticipate resource protection needs.

Yellowstone Pika Project

Monitoring the persistence of pika at sites around the park will help us better understand the effects of climate change on this species.

Citizen Science Initiative 2018 Annual Report

Read all about the Yellowstone Citizen Science Initiative’s 2018 pilot season and the program’s priority research projects. Learn what methods volunteer citizen scientists used to collect data in the field, and about plans for continuing the projects in the years ahead.

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