Citizen and Community Science

Leave No Trace’s Citizen and Community Science program builds a community of people working together to gather information and build an outdoor ethic that protects natural areas for future generations.

In 2018, Leave No Trace began piloting Citizen and Community Science projects, encouraging participants to record observations in the field with smartphones and mobile-friendly web pages. In 2019, the emphasis for this program shifts to the Hot Spots communities — these highly engaged partners are perfect for advancing our plans to assist land managers and scientists in monitoring the impacts created by recreation-related activities.

Visit to learn more about the technology platform behind Leave No Trace Citizen and Community Science.


Citizen and Community Science Toolkit

This 16-page, full-color guide (PDF download) offers a comprehensive resource for planning and executing successful citizen and community science projects.

Leave No Trace is actively raising funds to support Citizen and Community Science. Please contact Foundations Director Mark Eller ([email protected]) if your foundation or a foundation you know might be interested in advancing this work. You can also support this effort by making an online donation right now.


Boosting Public Involvement with Citizen and Community Science

What if you could use an app on your phone to record objective information about impacts found on your recreational outings and easily share it with a land manager and Leave No Trace? That’s what Leave No Trace Citizen and Community Science is all about.


Leave No Trace Launches Citizen and Community Science Monitoring Program

In 2018, Leave No Trace conducted a successful citizen and community science pilot project in Colorado’s White River National Forest.


Let’s protect and enjoy our natural world together

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