Join our research study!

Are you 19 or under and took part in the City Nature Challenge by making iNaturalist observations? Are you a parent/guardian with kids 5-19 years old who participated in the City Nature Challenge - either with you or with their own iNaturalist account? Are you continuing to use iNaturalist now that the City Nature Challenge is over? Please join our research study! We’re looking for youth aged 5-19 who use iNaturalist (regardless of participation in the City Nature Challenge, but we figured this was a good place to start!).

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The purpose of this study is to understand the experiences of young people aged 5 to 19 when using online citizen science platforms, in this case, iNaturalist. This is part of the Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science (LEARN CitSci), a research collaboration between UC Davis, the California Academy of Sciences, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Natural History Museum London, Open University, and the University of Oxford. We are carrying out this research on behalf of the National Science Foundation, Wellcome, and Economic and Social Research Council who have funded this program.

If I take part in this research, what will be involved?
We will be analyzing the online participation of young people who take part in the iNaturalist platform. We do not want you to change your online activity as a result of consenting to this research, as we are interested in your online activity regardless of how often you participate.

In order to identify young people, you will be asked to confirm your age and gender, consent that you would like to participate in the study, and provide the username you use to log in to iNaturalist. This will enable us to identify, capture, and analyze your activities using the publicly-available data on iNaturalist. Don’t be surprised if you also get comments and identifications on your observations from the scientists and staff at our Natural History Museum partners!

Posted by kestrel kestrel, May 11, 2020 20:48


It keeps saying my email is not valid. It is.

Posted by bug_girl over 2 years ago (Flag)

@allycouch Thanks for letting us know! I'll tell the research team - in the meantime, just make sure there isn't a space before or after your email address when you add it in - I know that's often why those forms say the email is invalid.

Posted by kestrel over 2 years ago (Flag)

@kestrel I will try again. Thanks! Edit: Yes, that was the problem. Thank you!

Posted by bug_girl over 2 years ago (Flag)

@allycouch Whew! I'm glad that's what the issue was! Took me forever to figure that out once when I kept getting the same error message on some other form... :)

Posted by kestrel over 2 years ago (Flag)

My kids are involved in all of my observations; they usually are the ones who spot the creature first. However, it's my account and the pictures and recordings are made on my device. Does our use qualify for the study?

Posted by jeremydegroot over 2 years ago (Flag)

@nimi2412 vea qué chiva! participa!

Posted by margaritachaves over 2 years ago (Flag)

@jeremydegroot Feel free to sign up! Our researchers have definitely had other youth in the study whose iNat use was through their parent's account.

Posted by kestrel over 2 years ago (Flag)

Genial!!! Gracias!

Posted by cienciaciudadanaperu over 2 years ago (Flag)

It is restricted for USA? We can share the convocatory in our social media? Thanks!!

Posted by cienciaciudadanaperu over 2 years ago (Flag)

This is amazing! Thank you for letting our age groups conduct it, I'll be sure to let all my friends know :)

Posted by pollinis over 2 years ago (Flag)

@cienciaciudadanaperu It's not restricted to the USA, but the surveys & interviews I believe will all be in English. But not everyone has to be interviewed, so definitely encourage youth 5-19 to sign up if they use iNaturalist!

Posted by kestrel over 2 years ago (Flag)

@kestrel Thanks!!

Posted by cienciaciudadanaperu over 2 years ago (Flag)

I fit in the age group and am quite active on iNat, but couldn't take part in the CNC except for identifying. can I still take part in the study?

Posted by alexis_orion over 2 years ago (Flag)

@alexis_orion - Yep, it's not limited to CNC participants, we just figured it was a good place to start.

Posted by kestrel over 2 years ago (Flag)

Great, thanks!

Posted by alexis_orion over 2 years ago (Flag)

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