About Community and Citizen Science
Community and Citizen Science (CCS) connects scientists and everyday people to help accelerate research and discovery.
As we face global challenges, there are local ways for us to be engaged in issues affecting our community health, environmental health, human genetics, technology and innovation. CCS is a collaboration between scientists and those of us who are just curious or concerned and motivated to make a difference. CCS is an opportunity for everyone to participate in fun and real science—following protocols for data collection, analysis and reporting.
NNLM promotes CCS by providing free resources to support these outreach efforts in your community.
Community and Citizen Science Programming and Resources
Citizen Science Month
Global Citizen Science Month is an annual April event that celebrates and promotes all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related. It encompasses online events and opportunities to contribute to projects from home, making citizen science programming accessible to all.
Thanks to support from the National Library of Medicine and the All of Us Research Program, SciStarter has partnered up with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University to present Citizen Science Month.
Learn more about SciStarter's & NNLM's programs for Citizen Science Month.
Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit
In collaboration with Cornerstones of Science, NNLM is offering a new resource to support community and citizen science outreach efforts in local communities through a fun, accessible and loanable kit for families. The Test the Waters Family Exploration Kit is currently accepting applications.
NNLM Reading Club: Environmental Science
The NNLM Environmental Health Reading Club Kit addresses the impact our environment has on our health. All kits include a selection of book titles and free, downloadable materials designed to help libraries engage with their communities around the topic of environmental health.
SciStarter is a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub with more than 3,000 projects, events and tools. SciStarter has partnered with NNLM to curate a selection of health-related citizen science resources. Learn more about these citizen science resources at SciStarter.org/nlm.
The NNLM All of Us National Program and SciStarter partnered to develop this introductory module to Citizen Science. Learn citizen science basics, participate in projects, and discover how you can contribute to scientific research in this self-guided, free training module. This training is available in English and Spanish.
Cornerstones of Science
Cornerstones of Science works with libraries to spark passion and curiosity about the world around us by offering “experiences of science.” Cornerstones is creating an interactive online database of expert scientific presenters that libraries can access and use in their own science programming. Learn more about Cornerstones of Science.
The citizen science programs and resources are made available with funds from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the NIH All of Us Research Program.