Smithsonian Citizen Science



Since our founding, the Smithsonian has relied on the talents and dedication of Citizen Scientists. James Smithson was a “gentleman-chemist,” and our first Secretary, acclaimed scientist Joseph Henry, recruited volunteers to submit daily weather reports by telegraph, thus laying the groundwork for the National Weather Service. Today, Smithsonian researchers enlist volunteers for an array of tasks, both onsite and online. Depending on your interests, you can help sustain species around the globe and even solve mysteries of the planets and stars!

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Student age range

6-12, 12-15, 15-18

Education Level

Primary, Secondary

Country of Origin

United States




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