Community Science

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Community science (also known as citizen science) has grown exponentially in scope and popularity since our flagship community science initiative, the Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network, began 30 years ago.

Since then, our programs have been recognized as models for others, and continue to provide opportunities for passionate individuals to get involved in scientific research. The Academy holds the data collected by community scientists in the public trust, and makes the data accessible to students, teachers, researchers, land managers, and the general public for exploration. Discover how you can contribute to real research—no degree required.

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