Citizen Science

Citizen Science at LLNF

We at LLNF envision the property on Eel Point Road as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom where we can emphasize what is special and unique about Nantucket’s natural communities. Our education program works hand-in-hand with the research program providing opportunities to be directly involved in the research at your comfort level whether that is as an observer or as a participant. 


Current opportunities:

Invasive Plant mapping volunteer

Help us collect invasive plant data for Nantucket. Use the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England smart phone app to help us document non-native invasive species on the island. Email Dr. Sarah Bois for information and training dates.

Rainfall monitor 

Help us collect daily rainfall data for Nantucket. The Linda Loring Nature Foundation is soliciting volunteers to assist us in collecting daily precipitation data. These data contribute to a national database as part of the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). We have the only Nantucket station contributing to this important national network! Volunteers must read and record the rainfall gauge each morning sometime between 7am and 9am. Volunteer for one or two days (or more) a week and take a walk on the trails when you’re done! Please contact the Director of Research and Education for more information (

2016 Citizen SCience Workshops:

Nature’s Clock, Wednesday 10am – noon, July 20

Study phenology with the flora and fauna of the Linda Loring nature Foundation. We’ll look at the timing of things like flowering, fruiting, nesting, and hatching. We’ll observe marked plants and record stages of development. Activities will help us keep track of when things happen at LLNF and contribute to our knowledge of this amazing property. Come once or join us each month to see how things have changed.

Geocaching BasicsWednesdays 10am – noon, June 29, August 3                    

Let’s go on a treasure hunt! Whether you’re new to this family-friendly sport or an experienced geo-locator, join us as we explore the art and science of geocaching. Using orienteering skills of map and compass as well as GPS and phone apps, we’ll search for the caches hidden in the wild at LLNF and give you the skills to treasure hunt for the rest of Nantucket’s secret caches.

For more information and to register, contact Dr. Sarah Bois. Keep checking back for more opportunities. As we initiate more projects, there will be more opportunities to get involved in some science!

Mailing Address

PO Box 149

Nantucket, MA 02554


Nature Center

110 Eel Point Road

Nantucket, MA 02554

tel: 508.325.0873

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