Citizen Scientist Volunteer Projects – Extension Master Gardener Program

Citizen Scientist Volunteer Projects

Report all volunteer hours toward these projects in MG Manager under the “Citizen Scientist” state category and then choose the category for the project.

Report Volunteer and Education Hours HERE!

Cicada Tracker for Purdue University – 2021

When the irises begin to bloom, expect up to 1.5 million cicadas per acre to begin boiling out of the ground. This spring Indiana will see the emergence of the 17-year cicadas (Brood X). Once every 17 years they emerge en masse, climb up trees, sing (though it sounds more like screaming), mate, and lay their eggs on the tips of tree branches. Scientists have lots of questions about these insects but only a short time to study them! You can help us (researchers at Purdue University’s Department of Entomology) answer some of these questions and expand the body of knowledge about these loud little insects!

Instructions and Additional Information

Indiana Cicada Trackers Page

How to join an iNaturalist project on a phone or desktop (video)

How to use iNaturalist

Tutorial video for iNaturalist

Cicada life cycle images

Cicadas of Indiana

Cicada Fest (another way to help collect data)

Periodical Cicada in Indiana (E-47)

Sign up for the Periodical Cicada Newsletter

Questions? Contact Elizabeth Barnes at

Indiana University Herbarium Photo Scavenger Hunt

Project Updates:

IU Photo Scavenger Hunt – Update- 6-8-21

IU Herbarium Scavenger Hunt update 6-1-21

IU Herbarium Scavenger Hunt update – 4-21-21

IU Herbarium Scavenger Hunt update- 3-4-21

General Information:

Photo Scavenger Hunt Website

Consortia of Midwest Herbaria Website

Purdue EMG Reporting Guidelines for IU Herbarium Project

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRahs)

Learn more about serving as a volunteer observer for CoCoRaHS here:

Watch the recording of the introduction to program held in mid-April, 2020 here:

All volunteer observers are strongly encouraged to go through training to best understand the observational best practices that make the citizen science effort most valuable to users of the data.  Two duplicate training webinars will be held on May 7, 2020.

Visit to find connection information for these webinars!

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