Here is an alphabetical list of some virtual learning and collaboration sites for learning about and collaborating in the natural and earth sciences.

We will add to/edit this list periodically.

As with any use of internet links, please be careful your browser history, and cookie storage.  We recommend you reset your browser (“clear history”) often. A best practice is to do it between every website you visit.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation:

Explore the many ways you can make valuable connections, gain leadership experience in the field, and support the work of the Citizen Science Association by getting involved with many opportunities.

This searchable database provides a government-wide listing of citizen science and crowdsourcing projects designed to improve cross-agency collaboration, reveal opportunities, and make it easier for volunteers to find out about projects they can join.

City Nature Challenge

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in 2020.  Still happening virtually in Blacksburg! Blacksburg City Nature Challenge

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Citizen-science projects that join thousands of people in recording bird observations.
Your participation helps scientists reveal how birds are affected by environmental changes.


Transforms your bird sightings into science and conservation. Plan trips, find birds, track your lists, explore range maps and bird migration.

Globe at Night

Citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution.
Measure & submit night sky brightness observations. It's easy to get involved - all you need is computer or smart phone & follow 5 Simple Steps.


Contribute observations, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard plant. We share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.

Journey North

Track species migrations and seasonal changes. Examples include tracking monarch butterflies, hummingbirds, and American robin migrations
Email updates with journal pages with questions to explore, activities to try, maps and data to analyze.

Free downloadable Inquiry learning guide for nature in your backyard. Originally produced right here in the NRV!

Monarch Joint Venture

To understand the monarch migration, we rely on the help of citizen scientists to collect data during all phases of the annual life cycle of monarch breeding, migrating, and overwintering.

NASA S'cool

NASA scientists are very interested in learning how clouds affect our atmosphere. It is the clouds, in part, that affect the overall temperature and energy balance of the Earth.

Nat. Wildlife Federation - Wildlife Watch

Keeping notes and checking references for details about the species you observe lays the groundwork for identifying patterns of growth and behavior—revealing the needs of animal visitors.
By observing their environment, people will be more likely to notice how close we live to so many wild animals and plants.

Nature’s Notebook

Go outside to observe nature in your backyard or nearby area weekly and enter this information online.
Classroom and lesson planning worksheets and other curriculum materials available.

Learn about citizen science opportunties.


Take part in real research in many fields across the sciences, humanities, and more. Creates opportunities to unlock answers and contribute to real discoveries.