Citizen science offers the opportunity to actively involve a variety of audiences both on site and in communities with our collections, our research, and our conservation activities, increasing scientific and environmental literacy as well as awareness of our work. This session will outline the key components of a successful citizen science project: program, purpose, partnerships, participants, and product (outputs). Presenters will discuss five case studies and illustrate the key aspects of citizen science programs and how these components are implemented differently with different audiences, research and conservation goals, and programmatic contexts. 


J. Schwarz Ballard, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; A. Padolf, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Florida; K. Oberhauser, University Of Wisconsin Arboretum, Madison, Wisconsin; J. Schuler, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York