Citizen Science

Volunteer cleaning Cordia fruitsVolunteer cleaning Cordia fruits.

Well-trained citizen scientists fill a gap for agencies and organizations that otherwise may not be able to achieve conservation goals due to a lack of staff and/or funding. The Wildflower Center specializes in recruiting and training citizen scientists who participate in rare and endangered species detection and monitoring, seed collection and processing, plant rescues, and the detection, monitoring and reporting of invasive species through the Invaders of Texas program. In 2011, the Wildflower Center will partner with the National Forest and Grasslands in Texas to cross-train citizen scientists to monitor rare plants while reporting invasive species.