Become a Citizen Scientist

Portland Fruit Tree Project and Portland State University are pleased to announce the 2017 Pollinators Count! Project, where YOU get to be a Citizen Scientist.

Would you like to join us?

On your path to becoming a Citizen Scientist, you will . . .

=> Complete two free trainings to learn about pollinators at Portland Fruit Tree Project's Community Orchards

    • Dates: February 18th and February 25th
    • Time: 10:00 AM to Noon
    • Location: Leaven Community Center, 5431 NE 20th Ave, Portland
    • Room: 6 (basement of building)

=> Collect Data/Field Work about our local pollinators, and assist in reporting on the findings

    • Survey/Field Work will take place at each PFTP Community Orchard between March and September 2017.

There is no charge for the trainings, and everyone is welcome (anyone age 17 or under should be accompanied by an adult).

<< Registration is now closed >>

Questions? Inquiries? Contact the lead on this project, Jess Tyler.


What's a Citizen Scientist?

Citizen Scientists are curious people interested in gathering valuable data for a scientific project. Anyone can participate, with or without a scientific background.

Why do pollinators matter?

Over 80% of the world's flowering plants require pollination to reproduce and make food. Life as we know it would not exist without pollinators.

I thought pollinators were just bees. Are there different kinds of pollinators?

Bees are the most well-known pollinators. However, other pollinators include various types of ants, beetles, butterflies and moths, bats, and more. In the free trainings you will receive, you will learn about the native and non-native pollinators in our region.

What's the Pollinators Count! Project?

Led by PSU graduate school student (and former PFTP Intern) Jess Tyler, the Pollinators Count! Project will survey the types of pollinators at each of Portland Fruit Tree Project's five community orchards between March 2017 and September 2017.

Why should I get involved?

When you sign up to become a Citizen Scientist with the Pollinators Count! Project, you will . . .

  • Access two free trainings about urban pollinators, why they matter, and how we can protect them
  • Learn scientifically-relevant data collection methods
  • Conduct field work/surveys of pollinators at one or more PFTP Community Orchard sites of your choice over the course of the project
  • Meet your neighbors and collaborate/team up with them to complete and report on your findings
  • Receive a Citizen Scientist Certificate of Completion at the end of the Pollinators Count! Project
Can children participate in the Pollinators Count! Project?

Yes, the trainings and survey/field work is kid-friendly. However, anyone under 17 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and a Minor Waiver of Liability will need to be read and signed by the responsible adult.

How do I sign up?

<< Registration is now closed >>

What if I have additional questions?

Click this link to contact the lead on this project, Jess Tyler