Citizen science

Record a bird, a plant or an insect sighting. Join other committed citizen scientists while visiting Parks Canada. Everyone's small acts of conservation make a big difference. You’ll create all kinds of connections with people and nature!

Record your own nature observations—big and small!
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Use the mobile app to capture your observations of plants or animals—anytime, anywhere. It’s nature at your fingertips! Work with experts, other park visitors or on your own. Every observation contributes to our knowledge of biodiversity.

See what cool observations have been made in one of your favourite Parks Canada places: Parks Canada on iNaturalist

Make a difference and beat plastic pollution

Lead your own shoreline cleanup. Any day of the week, spring to fall, you can participate in the activity Team up and clean up the shore.

To do so, gather your friends and family, pick up a shoreline cleanup kit at a participating location and head for the shore. As you take in the beautiful view, collect plastic waste and litter, and record what you find. By doing so, you become a citizen scientist! The information on what you collect will help Parks Canada identify sources of litter and stop them.

Find a participating location near you

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Find other Parks Canada citizen science activities near you

Swim with salmon, participate in an archaeological project or join a car caravan tour of a bison range.

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Citizen science across Canada

The Government of Canada’s Citizen Science Portal lists citizen science projects happening all across Canada.

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