Workshop participants study and talk about a dragonfly

Note: Out of concern for the health of our community during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arboretum Visitor Center will be closed and events are cancelled through at least May 15. Additional cancellations are possible. If you are interested in a citizen science training, please email Jessica Ross. You will be notified if the training will take place or be cancelled. Please check back for updates. Read more»

2020 Citizen Science Trainings

Arboretum Mycoflora Project Workshops

Discover the biology and ecology of fungi and participate in a mycoflora citizen science project. Learn to photograph and document fungi, take part in an outdoor bioblitz, and practice fungal identification skills. Long pants and closed-toe shoes required. Instructors: Jessica Ross, Arboretum citizen science coordinator, and Kathleen Thompson, Madison Mycological Society member.

Mycoflora workshops are 9 a.m.–12 p.m. on the following Saturdays. Free. Registration required by the Tuesday before workshop. Email Jessica Ross to sign up.

  • April 4 – CANCELLED
  • May 2 – CANCELLED
  • June 6
  • August 1
  • October 3

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project (MLMP) Two-Day Training

Learn how to get involved with monarch research and conservation. In this two-day training, participants will learn about monarch biology, practice monitoring and data entry protocols, and become prepared to monitor at the Arboretum or in their communities. Day one will be indoor talks and hand-on activities and day two will be outdoor practice. Participants may choose either or both days to attend. MLMP is a national citizen science project. Instructors: Karen Oberhauser, Arboretum director, and Jessica Ross, Arboretum citizen science coordinator.

Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Free. Registration required by May 22. Email Jessica Ross to sign up.

Dragonfly Monitor Training

The Arboretum relies on volunteers to help survey dragonfly diversity and habitat quality. Gain the knowledge and skills needed to participate in this citizen science project. Participants will learn to identify common dragonfly species, conduct surveys, and record and submit data. No experience needed. Instructors: Brad Herrick, Arboretum ecologist, and Jessica Ross, Arboretum citizen science coordinator.

Sunday, June 7, 1–3 p.m. Free. Registration required by May 29. Email Jessica Ross to sign up.