Markham Forest Citizen Scientists

Take pictures

Wide views of the whole forest, close-ups of plants, anything you think is interesting!

Check  moisture

Note the moisture of the mulch on top and the soil beneath. Is it dry, medium, or wet?

Flag plants

Place flags by plants that need attention (wilting, yellow leaves, no leaves)

Note critters

Keep an eye out for any butterflies, birds, bugs, or anything else crawling or flying around

fill out form

Answer a few quick questions about the conditions and what you saw during your visit

We just planted our first tiny native forest, and we'd like to offer you the opportunity to be a citizen scientist and help us nurture its growth.

We need 1-2 volunteers per week (mostly between April-November) to monitor the progress of the forest. Some ways to help include taking pictures, noting the critters you see (butterflies, birds, bugs), flagging plants that need attention, and checking the soil moisture. After your visit, take a few minutes to fill out this form (we recommend looking at the form before you go.) We'd also love for you to write a blog about what you saw - and become a published writer! Note - we might make some slight edits :)

Please see the schedule below and let us know when you can come out to the Markham Courthouse at 16501 Kedzie Ave, Markham, IL 60428. We recommend going during building hours.

Email with any questions - we're here to help. Thank you!


Sign up to be a citizen scientist


Become a published writer!

Share thoughts about your experience for our blog