Citizen Science

Come and get involved in our scientific research and contribute to our understanding of plants and fungi.

Scanning Herbarium specimen label

Citizen science, also known as crowd science, is a structured way for volunteers to help scientists collect or explore huge data sets. 

The collaboration is a two-way street: scientists can investigate areas that would otherwise take too long or be too expensive, volunteers have the satisfaction of contributing to research and finding out more about a specific area along the way. 
If you would like to volunteer to do some citizen science, you can find out more about individual projects Kew manages below. 

Letters written by Joseph Hooker

Armchair archivists - 19th century letters

Become an armchair archivist and help us transcribe the letters of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker.

Get transcribing
Hericium erinaceus - white fungi

The Lost and Found Fungi Project

Raising the profile of rare or potentially under-recorded fungi.

Read about the project
Young researcher at a PC digitising

Can you decipher handwriting?

Help us digitise our Herbarium and Fungarium collections.

Get involved
Woman taking photo of yellow plant using a phone

Smartphone conservation

Help to safeguard rare and threatened plants from extinction with your smartphone or camera.

Get photographing