From a very light touch to an in depth programming opportunity, GLOBE’s projects are well suited to participants of all abilities.  They provide an excellent opportunity for people to connect with science in a meaningful way.

Light touch activities:

All of these protocols could be done just once by a visitor or group member; or they can be done more than once in a day.  The activities are facilitated, but require very little training for participation.

  • The Cloud protocol is an excellent entry point, and the lightest touch activity.  It requires very little time, equipment, and preparation.  It can be conducted anywhere, at any time, by as many people as desire to participate.
  • Taking surface temperature readings is quick and only requires an infrared thermometer.  The protocol is very easy to teach, the data is fun to collect, and the entire activity can be completed with a participant in less than five minutes.
  • The precipitation protocol is especially fun for those who like to run in the rain or wade through new snow.  While many days, your site may experience little or no precipitation; a higher frequency of measurements can be taken on days with precipitation to document the rate of fall.  This protocol is also easy to teach, uses very little equipment, and can be done on a routine schedule or on an ad hoc schedule.

Something in the middle:

  • The Soil Moisture Active Passive protocol involves rolling up your sleeves.   How much is up to the comfort level of your participant.  The program involves taking multiple sample types (can or trowel).  Samples are dried at a drying station, so the time from start to finish spans a couple of days (except in arid climates!).  A trowel sample can be taken quickly and a participant can participate in a quick exchange, digging in the soil, obtaining an initial weight, and setting up a sample to dry.  The can sample takes a little longer to obtain, but not much! Participants can check on soil as it dries and help establish the volumetric density of the soil.  This protocol requires more time to explain, more equipment and space, and a designated outdoor area for collecting samples.

Deeper touch activities: 

  • These activities can be combined for school or community groups for a more intensive citizen science learning experience.  The activities can be framed with an in depth exploration of El Nino and climate change; or an in depth experiential opportunity to explore how science works while collecting data that scientists will use.  The program can span a day, a week, or a longer period of time on a daily routine or schedule that is supervised by trained volunteers.