The Ridges Sanctuary

Preservation, Education, and Research

Citizen Science

There are many opportunities for volunteers of all ages and abilities to get involved at The Ridges Sanctuary, one of them being citizen science. Citizen science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists. The Ridges currently hosts or facilitates several citizen science programs that utilize volunteers to collect important data for a variety of uses.

As the field of citizen science and public data collection networks grow, it’s important that The Ridges continues its existing programs while looking to expand into further opportunities. Current citizen science projects that utilize Ridges volunteers include:

Volunteers can choose a project of their interest to get involved in at The Ridges, or they can participate in multiple programs based on availability. The more interest that is garnered from the citizens of the area, the more opportunities that conservation organizations like The Ridges can provide. Here we also want to highlight some potential opportunities that are upcoming. These are programs that The Ridges isn’t currently participating in but is looking to revive or implement in the near future. Possible projects The Ridges is considering for next year includes the Bumble Bee Brigade.

If you have any interest in participating in current or future citizen science programs or want to learn more, contact Tony Kiszonas at, click here or call 920.839.2802.