K-12 PROGRAMS

Educator Citizen Science Data

The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 invites you to become an active participant in the following science research and outreach efforts.

GLOBE at Night Program

The GLOBE at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our “right to starlight”, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. People in 115 countries have contributed over 65,000 measurements, making GLOBE at Night the most successful light pollution awareness campaign to date. Find out more (including the campaign dates) at www.globeatnight.org.


RainLog/RainMapper

RainLog is a network of over 1,000 volunteers that use backyard rain gauges to monitor precipitation across Arizona and in neighboring states. Data collected are used for research, watershed management activities, drought monitoring, and educational programs at local, county, and state levels. RainMapper is a free service that sends email notices to subscribers about recent precipitation amounts in their neighborhoods. Find out more at RainLog/RainMapper.


National Phenology Network

Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how they are influenced by seasonal and other variations in climate. Examples include the timing of leafing and flowering, insect emergence, and animal migration. The National Phenology Network seeks volunteers to be part of a massive observing campaign to monitor these environmental events in their localities.


Master Watershed Stewards

This program educates and trains citizens across the state of Arizona to serve as volunteers in the protection, restoration, monitoring, and conservation of their water and watersheds. Find out more at Master Watershed Stewards.


“House Energy” Doctor Program

UA architecture students will come to your home or office to perform a comprehensive energy audit for your building and provide specific information on how to decrease your energy use. Find out more at “House Energy” Doctor Program.


Tumamoc: People & Habitats

Education & promotion of environmental awareness: Always a deep part of everything we do... and has been for over a century. Our courses, our cooperation with schools, any tour we lead. Come to one (or more) of our evening talks and find out. And let us know if you have a special topic you would like us to feature. Help with collecting data and performing labor. Each spring, as Tucson's fabulous birdlife prepares its nests and raises its chicks, The Tucson Birdcount deploys its hundred volunteers to document which species is breeding in what parts of our city. TBC workers fan out over a thousand census routes from the northern edge of Pima County to Sahuarita, and from the eastern part of Saguaro National Park to its western division. They are trained to count carefully and according to a strict scientific protocol. That's why they end up with — not just a good time playing bird golf — but the very finest database of urban/suburban birds in the entire world. The data collected by these citizen scientists cannot be collected in any other way. Other citizen scientists help Tumamoc by maintaining our fence-line and making sure that other behind-the-scenes aspects of Tumamoc keep working. And citizen scientists have collected data about flowering times on the Hill, too. Kudos to TBC's citizen scientists. We expect a growing list of opportunities in which you'll be able to participate. Help in running conservation experiments: Here's another place where Tumamoc leads the world. Most citizen science programs have settled for consciousness raising; a few have dared to ask for good, hard data to analyze. But Tumamoc looked at the opportunity to do reconciliation ecology and realized that research to get it done required, first, an army of experimentalists to learn how to do it. Enter citizen science. Find out more at Tumamoc