Lounging on the beach is a wonderful way to spend your vacations, but if your tan is already perfect and you’re looking to try out something more adventurous and educational, citizen science trips might just hit the spot.
Citizen science, which involves the general population in collaboration with established scientific projects, can be combined with travels for a one-of-a-kind experience. Like traveling in order to help with an archaeological dig, conducting citizen science mixes fun, personal development, activism, and new knowledge. Projects run the gamut from tracking endangered animals to documenting climate change to discovering unregistered celestial bodies. Adventures take place around the world. Some trips are pricey; others not are not so hard on the wallet. Here’s a list of citizen science projects you can participate in.