You can help study changes in the environment with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON).
Project BudBurst engages citizens to note when plants are blooming each year. This is very important data but there are only so many scientists to do it. Yet there are millions of citizens who enjoy seasons and who have flowering plants in their yards and neighborhoods. Consider doing this. It requires only a few minutes but scientists are actually using this data to understand changes across ecosystems and how it is changing biodiversity. Join 18,000 other Citizen Scientists! The site will help you use what they call a “protocol” – a systemized way of observing and recording your data.
There is also a Citizen Science Academy through which teachers and citizens can take courses for college credit.
Today the National Science Foundation hosted a live webinar on why we need biodiversity with a team of scientists and conservationists. See the program here.