Gift Ideas for Citizen Scientists and Explorers at Heart

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Do you have someone special in your life who loves science? Show them your love with the gift of citizen science. We’ve created a gift guide fit for explorers and researchers of all ages. These ideas are perfect for holidays, birthdays, or any special occasion. 

Field Journals

Unique journals are an excellent choice for experienced or novice citizen scientists. From guided journals to themed covers, to journals that can withstand all the weather, these are sure to be a welcome surprise. 

Rite in the Rain notebook
Rite in the Rain field journal

Rite in the Rain Field Journals

Rite in the Rain Field Journals are a long loved staple for anyone exploring science outside. In the middle of the city or the middle of a stream, with these notebooks, outdoor explorers can take notes in all kinds of weather. Water- and smudge-proof paper make these notebooks great for field work. While any pencil can be used in these journals, Rite in the Rain also sells special pens designed to withstand the elements. 

Black Female Scientists Journal

Black Women Scientists Journal

This journal comes in both blank and lined forms and adds a unique touch to any citizen scientist’s tool set-especially those who love to be in the lab. Made by a small, black owned business, you can be sure that this journal is made with love and supports diversity in science fields. 

Gifts for Young Scientists

What a better way to celebrate a special occasion than to foster a passion for science in your youngest loved ones.These gifts are awesome for kids and can be fun for the whole family.

Picture books for a citizen scientist
Citizen Science Picture Book List

Citizen Science Picture Book List

Know a kid who loves to read? Then check out this list of citizen science books perfect for young explorers from Doing Good Together. Titles such as Citizen Science: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard and Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and A Hundred Sea Turtles are sure to inspire young citizen scientists and get their creative gears moving.

Learning Resources Gift Whiz Searcher

Learning Resources lets you explore gift ideas for many different ages and hobbies. We especially like The Bullseye Compass and Elite Microscope for young citizen scientists looking to learn more about the world. 

Books for All Ages

Books are a great resource for anyone to get started in citizen science or to further their passion for exploration. Check out the list below to find just the right gift for a citizen scientist in your life to read. 

The Field Guide to Citizen Science book cover
The Field Guide to Citizen Science

The Field Guide to Citizen Science

This Field Guide to Citizen Science is a great starter guide for anyone interested in beginning a hobby in citizen science. This comprehensive guide helps motivate and inspire citizen scientists to conduct research and includes various projects in different fields.

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery book image
Citizen Science by Caren Cooper

Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery

Do you have loved ones looking for an inspiring story about citizen science? Then this book by Caren Cooper may just be the perfect gift. In this inspiring read, we learn about the importance of citizen scientists in our communities, and how findings by ordinary people can change the course of modern science. 

Handbook of Citizen Science in Ecology and Conservation
Handbook of Citizen Science in Ecology and Conservation

Handbook of Citizen Science in Ecology and Conservation

In the Handbook of Citizen Science in Ecology and Conservation you’ll find guidance from over 50 amazing citizen science professionals about how to navigate your citizen science journey. The book walks you through the basics of citizen science and how to design successful projects. You can read it cover to cover or jump around to the chapters that address the challenges you’re tackling.

Citizen Science Memberships

Many citizen science based organizations offer memberships for an annual price. Buying one of these memberships for a loved one is a great day to give them access to new resources and tools to fuel their interest in citizen science.

Citizen Science Association logo

Citizen Science Association

The Individual Membership to the Citizen Science Association helps support this important organization while providing members with networking opportunities, tools and discounts on other resources. 

European Citizen Science Association

European Citizen Science Association 

For any friends in Europe, individual memberships to ECSA can be a great gift and resource to find diverse opportunities in many different regions.

Australian Citizen Science Association 

For any loved ones in Australia, individual memberships to ACA can be a great gift for exploring local biodiversity and finding opportunities for research.

Staff Picks

Here are a few more gift ideas for all the citizen scientists and explorers in your life, used by and recommended by CitSci Staff.These gadgets make great stocking stuffers and can be gifted any time throughout the year.

Outdoor Afro Hike Smartwool Sock
Outdoor Afro Hike Smartwool Sock

Outdoor Afro Hike Print Smartwool Socks

One of our favorite things about these Outdoor Afro Hike Print Smartwool Socks is that the artwork was designed by volunteer leader and artist Leandra Taylor. Keep your feet warm and dry with socks that support diversity in the outdoors. 

Xenvo Clip-on Macro Lens
Xenvo Clip-on Macro Lens

Xenvo Clip-on Macro Lens

A Clip on Macro Lens from Xenvo is the perfect tool for citizen scientists to further explore the outdoor world. This pocket sized lens attaches to most major smartphones, and can be used to take quality magnified photos of nature.

Fold Scope Folding paper microscope
Fold Scope Folding Paper Microscope

Fold Scope Folding Paper Microscope

This folding paper microscope is the perfect portable device for any citizen scientist who wants to explore the world up close and person. With a collapsible structure and easy to use instructions, this scope is an accessible gift for citizen scientists of all ages.

Happy Gift Giving from CitSci to You and Your Loved Ones

We hope these gift ideas inspire you to surprise your citizen scientist loved ones and motivate young science enthusiasts to follow a passion for citizen science. These gifts are perfect for any time of the year, and can be used indoors or out in nature. If you gift one of these recommendations to a loved one, we would love to see their reaction! Feel free to share pictures with us for a chance to be featured on our social media channels.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out another awesome gift guide created by our partners at SciStarter!

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