Community Science

Community Science

Community science is a way for everyday people to get involved in science and help local and nationwide research efforts through data gathering.

Volunteers are trained to record their observations of the natural world and share this scientific data with researchers and decision makers.  In this way, community science volunteers are able to make a significant contribution in their community and in the world by amplifying data collection efforts and expanding scientific research.

Project BudBurst

Project BudBurst is a nationwide phenology research project to study plant responses to climate change. Volunteers learn about plant structures and life cycle events (or phenophases), then select one or more plants in the Arboretum to monitor during the growing season. Their observations become part of a national data set used by climate researchers, horticulturists, and educators.

Early Detection for Invasive Pests & Pathogens Project

The Early Detection for Invasive Pests & Pathogens community science project aims to study the presence or absence of four non-native tree pests and pathogens at Hoyt Arboretum. Community scientists select a tree species to monitor for spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer, Japanese beetle, or sudden oak death (none of which are currently present at the Arboretum). Their observations will contribute to developing an ongoing survey process for pests and pathogens at Hoyt and also serve as a model for early detection at other public gardens.

To learn more about these positions, please fill out the volunteer interest form or email

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