I used to teach science in junior high school. I took my students outside as often as I could. Learning life science only from a classroom desk never seemed too valuable. Trees and other common plants are easy studies to work on. Summer is a great time to get involved. The leaves are out, and flowers abound.

Project Noah - citizen scientists

Becoming a citizen scientist has just become easier. A digital camera, even a smartphone with a camera is all you need. Click a photo of a plant or animal you see on a walk (walks are good for you, too)

Upload your photo from your computer or the smartphone using the app for iPhone or Android phone. You can contribute photos of living things you have identified. You can also submit the photos, requesting help getting them identified.

Participants range from interested amateurs to seasoned professionals. Each photo helps to document plant diversity. Because you are asked to report the date and location, your photos help describe the geographic spread of even the most common organisms. You might even find something that has not been observed before.

Among the project “missions” that Project Noah has established are North American Flowers, European Flowers, and Urban Biodiversity.

Click a digital photo and submit it

Grab your camera. Get out there into the natural world which surrounds us. Get away from that computer, TV, classroom desk, whatever.

Project Noah doesn’t take ownership away from you, but your sharing with others is built into the purpose of the project. There is no cost to participate.