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Girl Scouts: Citizen Scientists


The Girl Scouts have made trees a big part of their citizen science efforts. Read on for ways you can participate—scout or not!

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It’s officially fall—let’s talk trees, please! Trees cool and moisten our air, fill it with oxygen, store carbon and provide food, fuel, and building materials for humans. And, more than that, they’re just plain nice to look at!

That’s why the Girl Scouts have made trees, and the environments that support them, a big part of their citizen science efforts. But you don’t have to be a scout to take part! Find out about the Girl Scout Tree Promise and other tree- and nature-focused initiatives below.

A hand holds a cell phone outside with trees in the background. The cell phone is displaying the NASA GLOBE Observer: Trees app.

NASA Globe Observer: Trees

NASA GLOBE Observer: Trees guides you on how to use your smartphone to report local tree height measurements that complement NASA satellite observations.

Scientists use the data to study carbon ecosystems (trees take up carbon from the atmosphere) and the global environment.

Location: Global

The Girl Scout Tree Promise patch with two green trees on a light blue background and a bird in one of the trees.

Girl Scout Tree Promise

Check out the special project page on SciStarter to find even more projects that you and your friends and family can do together to study and observe the trees around you. Anyone can participate!

Location: Global

Girl Scout Climate Challenge graphic depicting a polar bear on a broken piece of ice about to float away.

Girl Scout Climate Challenge

Connect with your community to spread awareness about climate change. Girl Scouts and non-Girl Scouts can participate in these important citizen science projects that aid scientists in observing, recording and studying climate change. Materials are also available in Spanish!

Ends November 30

Location: Global

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SciStarter LIVE! GLOBE Observer: Trees

Check out our last SciStarter LIVE! when we were joined by a NASA science specialist from the GLOBE Observer: Trees project.

Plus, we discovered how participating in the project supports THREE Girl Scouts programs on SciStarter!

Location: Global

Graphic showing various scientific tools and the slogans "think like a citizen scientist" and "take action."

Think Like a Scientist

It’s easy to Think Like a Scientist.

Participating in scientific research can be a part of your life. The Girl Scouts make it as simple as 1-2-3.

1) Observe a scientist.

2) Analyze data.

3) Capture new data that will be used by scientists to answer the big questions facing humanity today!

Location: Global


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