Citizen Science

Citizen Science gives the average person the ability to help to contribute to real scientific studies. Whether you use your phone to share pictures to help track plant and animal species populations or take a walk in your own neighborhood with a personal air monitor, you can contribute to helping scientists! Learn more about Citizen Science from our partners at SciStarter!

Citizen Science Kits

A Citizen Science Kit is a small box that contains everything you need for a specific science experiment. Each Kit includes a printed activity guide, helpful tips, and any specialized tools or materials you need to complete the project. MCLD libraries have six different Citizen Science Kits available for you to check out:

Indoor CO2 monitor on a table to the left, with the phone readings focus in with the air readings with people in the background

Monitor CO2 levels to determine if ventilation is adequate.

a child in a green shirt looking at the biodiversity photos with an adult

Document and identify plants and animals around you.

a child holding the light meter up to a dark starry sky.

Help gather light pollution data.

adult walking outdoors holding a phone and wearing a backpack with the air sensor attached to it.

Capture measurements using an AirBeam Sensor.

Zombee fly kit at night

Is the Zombie Fly attacking bees in your neighborhood?

A child holding a temperature gaze in a stream while kneeling down

Use wet/dry mapping to help chart streams near you.

How can I request Citizen Science Kits?

There are three ways to request a Citizen Science Kit:

Fast Facts about Citizen Science Kits:

  • Each Kit must be checked out inside the library.
  • Each Kit can be checked out for up to three weeks and cannot be renewed.
  • You can checkout one Kit per family at a time.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to check out a Citizen Science Kit. Once a Kit is checked out, anyone in your household can use the Kit!
  • All Kits must be returned inside the library where you checked it out.

Learn more about Citizen Science Activities