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In a pandemic-free world, some of the other options to get involved include volunteering at national parks, taking a class at a museum, or becoming a citizen scientist. Becoming a citizen scientist just means getting involved in projects that are being run by scientists from different institutions. Much of any scientific publication is dependent on the information gathered by citizen scientists, which help further along educational findings as well as facilitate policy changes on a local or even federal scale.
If you’re unsure how to get started on becoming a citizen scientist, another remote suggestion Sadler had to offer was to join the Zooniverse (zooniverse.org), which is the largest repository of projects that use citizen scientists to help gather information and overall assist in a variety of different projects. Such work can be used to cover a wide range of subjects like physics, astronomy, botany, and many others. The information a citizen scientist can relay and provide from examining a photo that was provided can help provide assistance to scientists conducting research or other work.
Another convenient option for getting started in scientific exploration is downloading and using an app called iNaturalist, which is designed to help people notate and input their daily observations. With high enough quality data, information submitted could even be added to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, a worldwide open source database. Work like this can be a fun experience for any one person with free time or even whole families to do together.