Accessibility of Participation in a Pollinator-Focused Community Science Project

Lauren Lynch, James Miller

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Ecological research, education, and community engagement were interrupted globally in the spring and summer of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. To allow for continued data collection and to provide opportunities for people to interact with nature, we developed a community science project focusing on pollinator visitation to gardens and lawns. To evaluate the accessibility of this project to volunteers, we conducted 28 semi-structured interviews with people who participated in the project training. Interviewees experienced a number of barriers to participation, the most common of which were difficulty with the data collection procedure (n = 22), challenges using technology (n = 11), and lack of access to technology (n = 9). However, components of the online training and data collection procedure helped overcome some of these barriers. Strategies such as using a hybrid training format, simplifying the use of technology during training, and incorporating active learning into online workshops could increase participation in community science projects, both in the context of the pandemic and moving forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCitizen Science: Theory and Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023


  • COVID-19
  • accessibility
  • citizen science
  • community science
  • pandemic
  • pollinators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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