Fieldwork Toolkits

You're in the right place to find datasheets and species ID cards! Use these links to find the right toolkit for the coastal, freshwater, or upland ecosystem you're investigating:

  • COASTAL HABITATS Toolkit
  • FRESHWATER HABITATS Toolkit
  • UPLAND HABITATS Toolkit
  • Team Protocols for investigations in all habitats
  • How-To Guides


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    COASTAL HABITATS Toolkit

    Datasheets:
    Coastal Species Survey
    OR 1-PAGE Coastal Species Survey for experienced VS data collectors
    Coastal Species AND Habitat Survey

    ID cards:
    Coastal Species ID Cards

    Sampling methods:
    Just looking around
    Quadrat (You choose where to put it)
    Quadrat (Randomized-placement)

    Equipment lists:
    Equipment for a Coastal Species Survey
    Equipment for a Coastal Species AND Habitat Survey


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    FRESHWATER HABITATS Toolkit

    Datasheets:
    Freshwater Species Survey
    OR 1-PAGE Freshwater Species Survey for experienced VS data collectors
    Freshwater Species AND Habitat Survey

    ID cards:
    Freshwater Species ID Cards

    Sampling methods:
    Just looking around
    Kicknet
    Weed weasel

    Equipment lists:
    Equipment list for a Freshwater Species Survey
    Equipment list for a Freshwater Species AND Habitat Survey


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    UPLAND HABITATS Toolkit

    Datasheets:
    Upland Species Survey
    OR 1-PAGE Upland Species Survey for experienced VS data collectors
    Upland Species AND Habitat Survey

    ID cards:
    Upland Species ID Cards

    Sampling methods:
    Just looking around
    Quadrat (You choose where to put it)
    Quadrat (Randomized-placement)
    Hemlock woolly adelgid

    Equipment lists:
    Equipment list for Upland Species Survey
    Equipment list for Upland Species AND Habitat Survey


    Team Protocols for investigations in all habitats

    There are many ways to manage teams in the field. These are some of our favorites, gleaned from watching veteran teachers and community leaders in action. Share your approach.

  • Team Protocol: Specialists
  • Team Protocol: Small teams
  • Team Protocol: Big group


  • How-To Guides

  • How citizen scientists collect data and put it on the website
  • How students collect data and put it on the web
  • How teachers set up investigations and team accounts for their students
  • See all How-To Guides