Help nature from home Citizen science for nature

Get up, get out and explore nature in your own backyard through these free citizen science apps all available at the App store or Google play. Suitable for kids and adults.

  • QuestaGame App

    Play the world's first mobile game that takes you outdoors to discover, map and ultimately help protect life on our planet. Get points by photographing as many species from your own backyard as you can find. You’ll receive expert feedback and points for your sightings based on their rarity. Kids can now register and play for their schools while at home.

  • Butterflies Australia App

    With so many butterflies on the move at the moment, you can help scientists track butterfly sightings around Australia through the new Butterflies Australia App. There’s also a handy field guide on the app so you can identify the species you’ve found. (Handy hint: Download the fact sheet on using the app from the top right corner.)

  • ClimateWatch App

    Help scientists understand how our local species are adapting to climate change. Download the free app, find the common climate watch species in your own backyard (such as magpies, orbweaver spiders and jacarandas) and upload photographs and notes on their current seasonal activities and behaviours such as flowering, nesting, feeding and breeding.

  • City Nature Challenge

    Welcome to the biggest backyard bioblitz Australia has ever seen! Due to COVID-19 the City Nature Challenge (Australian organisers) are encouraging everyone in Australia to join in the fun and bioblitz their own backyards (or balconies) in the name of science! CNC runs from the 24th to 27th April inclusive, and there are also daily challenges leading up to the big event – every day in April – so get the kids involved too. Download the iNaturalist app for free from the App store or Google play and get started!

  • Birds in backyards

    While spending most of our time at home can be frustrating, it also gives us a great opportunity to be #BirdingAtHome. Birds can provide joy and give us a great opportunity to connect with the natural world, as they are often right in our backyards. Take 10 minutes out of your day to enjoy a cuppa in your backyard. Snap photos of any visiting birds and tag them with #CuppawiththeBirds

  • Frog ID Project

    The Australian Museum Frog ID Project is a great resource for learning and contributing as citizen scientists to ongoing herpetology research in Australia. Get involved and learn about different species of frogs you can spot in your own back yards. You can also record frog calls that you hear and have them identified by experts and counted in national surveys.

  • Project Noah

    Project Noah is a global community of people who love wildlife. Once you join you can subscribe to a variety of missions such as Entomologica of Queensland or Birds around the World. Share photos, take scientific notes, get help identifying species and learn amazing wildlife facts. Earn badges for your contributions and help map global biodiversity.

  • Brushturkey monitoring program

    Help University of Sydney student Matthew Hall gather data on Australian brushturkeys for his PhD through his spotter-on citizen science app. Matthew is keen to understand how brushturkeys adapt to city life. Having an army of citizen scientists around to observe every brushturkey movement and behaviour as it happens is already generating a large dataset for his PhD.

  • World Record Dark Sky Mapping

    The Australasian Dark Sky Alliance (ADSA) is looking for citizen scientists to break a world record! The aim of the event is to raise awareness of light impacts on the environment, and to contribute to a global map of light pollution. The event is supported by the Australian Government.