Conservation Education through Citizen Science
Citizen science is where the public volunteers time to assist scientists in their research. Citizen scientists can support professional researchers in a lot of ways – by submitting data, sharing experiences or spreading valuable information. Scientists benefit from having a lot more data to analyze and a pool of volunteers willing to help.
Looking for a Way to Get Involved?
Become a FrogWatcher!
FrogWatch USA™ is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). FROGZ are the FrogWatch Researchers of the Greenville Zoo chapter.
Volunteers of FrogWatch USA can help scientists understand which frogs and toads may be increasingly common or in decline throughout the United States. It is estimated that at least 1/3 of known amphibian species are threatened with extinction. You can be directly involved in gathering information that may help stop the decline of these important and treasured animals.
FrogWatch USA volunteers learn to identify local frog and toad species by their calls during the breeding season and how to report their findings accurately. By mastering these skills, volunteers gain increased experience and control over asking and answering scientific questions which, in turn, augments science literacy, facilitates conservation action and stewardship and increases knowledge of amphibians. Volunteers register a wetland site and make multiple evening visits from February through August to collect data on the calls of frogs and toads. Participating individuals and families learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians.
2017 Volunteer Training Dates
Saturday, February 25, 10 am - 3 pm
Saturday, March 25, 10 am - 3 pm
at the Belmont Fire Department Training Room
701 Fork Shoals Rd., Greenville, SC
Please register in advance!
The Upstate's volunteer water quality monitoring program
"Through this initiative, Upstate Forever and project partners will continue to increase the number of Upstate streams/sites being monitored for water quality and expand the AAS program to all ten counties of the Upstate. Adopt-A-Stream program offers the opportunity to participate in volunteer water-quality monitoring. Across the country, citizen-based monitoring programs are educating the general public about water quality issues and the actions they can take to help by providing engaging hands-on experiences to citizen volunteers. With several partner organizations, Upstate Forever is helping implement and expand such a program in the Upstate of South Carolina.
The Greenville Zoo has two water quality testing kits available for check out and use to support this citizen science program. Please email the Education Curator, Lynn Watkins for details.