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Neighborhood Science

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Investigate. Share. Transform.

Neighborhood Science, sometimes called Citizen Science, is ordinary people of any age gathering scientific information locally and sharing it with the global scientific community.

Be a Neighborhood Scientist. Attend one of our free workshops or go solo and borrow one of our DIY kits from a participating library.


DYI Science Kits


kids participating in a mosquito habitat class at the library

Mosquitoes are a problem! Contribute to the health of your community by finding and reporting mosquito larvae.

photo of the City of Los Angeles at night

Our city lights up at night, which is not good for the environment. Help scientists study the effects of “light pollution” on the climate, animal migration, and more.


kids participating in a cloud identification class outside the library

Scientists study clouds to understand the earth’s weather and climate. Satellites see only the tops of clouds, so scientists need you to tell them what the clouds look like from underneath.

a kid participating in a biometry class outside the library

A healthy ecosystem has lots of different kinds of plants and animals. Share photos and information about the species living in your community with scientists around the world.


teens participating in a water transparency exercise by the LA River

Lots of different things affect water quality. Collect and share information on the pH, electrical conductivity, and temperature of nearby rivers, ponds, and tap water to help scientists understand how climate change and water quality are linked.


Are you an educator? Ask a librarian at a participating library how to bring these kits to your classroom.

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