Environmental Monitoring Project Ideas
Environmental monitoring projects are great ways to get students involved
with relevant, worm.pngreal-world projects that can enhance your classroom instruction at the school forest. The information that students collect is used by citizens, scientists, and/or agencies to monitor environmental quality. Students gain ecological knowledge, learn about data collection, acquire observation skills, and utilize critical thinking skills. There are a variety of projects in which to involve your students


Garlic Mustard
Garlic mustard is one of the most aggressive woodland invasive species. Within a few years it can completely dominate invaded areas and suppress other plants and limit tree and shrub regeneration. For information on identification, known (official) range of occurrence, and control methods, visit the WDNR's garlic mustard
website. Here's a neat video that explains garlic mustard identification and control: Link

Journey North
Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. Link

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
The Monarch Larva Monitoring Project involves citizens in collecting data that will help to explain the distribution and abundance patterns of monarch butterflies in North America. Link

Project Feeder Watch
Project Feeder Watch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Citizens help scientists track movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Link

Snow Spotter Network
This season they are looking for spotters from across the country to report snowfall totals! WeatherWorks uses many of YOUR reports to help with evaluating current conditions and creating a post-storm snow analysis of each event. Remember, there is no cost to join! Link

Who's Who of Citizen Monitoring Wisconsin
The Who's Who of Citizen-based Monitoring in Wisconsin is a directory of citizen programs and organizations in Wisconsin that focus on the monitoring of natural resources. You can search by county to find on-going monitoring projects in your area. Link

Project Wisconsin's Citizen-Based Water Monitoring Project
The Citizen-based Water Monitoring Network of Wisconsin, provided by UW-Extension, offers citizens multiple opportunities to be part of the process of monitoring our state's lakes, rivers, and marshes. Link

Wisconsin Classroom Milkweed Monitoring Network
The Wisconsin Classroom Milkweed Monitoring Network uses milkweed plants to detect ozone air pollution. Classrooms provide plant injury data to DNR's air management biomonitoring unit and receive direct results about local air quality. Link

Wisconsin Nature Mapping
NatureMapping is a biodiversity survey program that allows citizens, school groups, and professionals to enter wildlife observations into a statewide database. The observations are then used for natural resource management, scientific studies and environmental education.

Wisconsin’s Volunteer Carnivore Tracking Program
Because carnivores such as wolves, fisher, and bobcats are often secretive and occupy very large home ranges, it is difficult to monitor them by direct observation. The Wisconsin DNR relies on your observations of the number and location of tracks to help them estimate the abundance and distribution of carnivores. Link

Wisconsin Worm Watch
Survey your school forest for the impacts of exotic earth worms. By the way, did you know that all earthworms aren't native to the Great Lakes region? Research is emerging on how they are slowly changing the face of our forests, but very little is known about the distributions of earthworms across the region. This is where you come in! For more information about earthworms and monitoring efforts (including methods), visit the Great Lakes Worm Watch website