Community Science

From butterfly migrations to plant biodiversity, help our scientists study these topics and more through community science. Each project is designed to involve everyday scientists like you. While some projects may ask you to explore and observe habitats throughout Chicago, most require just access to a computer to participate. At home or in your backyard—join in!

Get outside this summer and appreciate nature—all while contributing to science!

Digitize materials from our collections and contribute to biodiversity research and learning.

Decipher a 150-year-old mystery about cryptic plant species. 

Local field guides

There's a lot to discover in your own backyard! Take a nature walk through the Chicago region. Our field guides can help you identify the plants, animals, and other natural wonders you find along the way.