Citizen science programs can take on many different forms, but their common purpose is to involve the public in scientific research, monitoring, and data collection. Citizen science projects have been successful worldwide in connecting participants with the natural environment and making significant contributions to science by helping researchers collect valuable data.
A formal research partnership between Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve Ltd. and the University of Toronto began in 1995. Since then over 150 research projects have been completed, covering topics ranging from gall mites and pine martens to carbon flux and old growth forests. The breadth of research efforts underway at Haliburton Forest offers a unique learning opportunity for its visitors.
Today over 30 research projects are underway at Haliburton Forest with a number of partners. The Haliburton Forest Citizen Science Program was born from an increasing public interest in participating in this research.
Formed in 2012, the Haliburton Forest Citizen Science Program has an extensive list of research outings available to the public that run primarily from July to August each summer. The program uses a hands-on approach to education, where participants learn by doing. Participation is limited for all outings to maximize the opportunity for one-on-one exchanges between the researcher and participants.
The program runs from beginning of July to end of August. Outings run the length of an entire day, and some outings are offered several times throughout the summer months. For more information on outings visit the Events Calendar page.
The fee for all programs is $40.00 + HST per person, and includes a brown bag lunch. Participants will meet their host researcher at Haliburton Forest’s main office. From here you will travel with the researcher to their field site. All funds generated from participant fees will go directly toward supporting ongoing ecosystem-based research.
Participants are required to register for outings at least 48 hours prior to the event. To book your reservation, please contact Haliburton Forest Reservations at 1800-631-2198. Participants are expected to provide their own transportation if required. Programs operate rain or shine, unless otherwise indicated.
For more information on other citizen science programs, visit:
- EarthWatch, http://www.earthwatch.org/default.aspx
- The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, http://www.birds.cornell.edu/page.aspx?pid=1664&ac=ac
- Bird Studies Canada, http://www.bsc-eoc.org/volunteer/index.jsp?lang=EN&targetpg=progchoose