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 draws 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.

Want more information about our Citizen Science projects? Contact Joshua Theurer, Citizen Science Program Manager, Yellowstone Forever Institute, at 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 Project

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

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 Field Seminars

There are special opportunities to participate in Citizen Science through our field seminars! Find out more about seminars we are offering, dates and registration.