This page directs readers to projects they can participate in, usually as volunteers with a minimum of geologic experience.
Projects will vary with time; some may be long-term lasting years or decades, others will be for a brief time – hours, days or weeks. Some projects will have their own websites or data archives, and links will be provided for these.
Two projects are listed. The first is the Glacial Erratic Inventory database maintained by students at the University of Washington’s GeoClub. Anyone can send in information and photos of ‘significant’ erratics, which the students will plot on a map. Send them photos and info and they’ll post that, too..
The other will be a very long term (decades) effort to track changes in tafoni size and frequency in sandstone of the Chuckanut Formation. Tafoni (also known as ‘solution pockets’ or ‘rock honeycombs’) come and go over time. Specific sample sites will be listed, along with photos and measurement criteria – when this project is ready for your participation, you’ll receive a post if you are an email subscriber to this website. Examples of tafoni are included in the honeycomb weathering page on the Northwest Geology Field Trips website.
If you know of other ‘citizen geology’ projects, please let me know about them. Or design your own.