6:30PM - 8:30PM // Town Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
8AM - 9AM // Biodiversity Education Center
6:30PM - 8:30PM // Zoom Conference Call
9AM - 12PM // Biodiversity Education Center
Sign up for the Coppell E-Newsletter
Citizen science is a collaboration between professional
scientists and any member of the general public who is interested in protecting
our environment. Acting as citizen scientists, people of all ages, experience
levels, and interests work to help gather different kinds of data about nature.
This data is used to advance research, advise land managers, and inform policy
makers. Whether it's catching butterflies, photographing landscapes, surveying
birds in your backyard or any of our other engaging opportunities, citizen scientists
help us to understand our climate, the health of our natural resources, and the
quality of our wildlife habitats.
Short answer: anyone and everyone! Citizen science is not
defined by age, gender, racial identity, citizenship status, education, or
physical ability. Citizen scientists are people like you, your neighbors and
fellow community members, your children and your friends.
In today's technologically advanced society you can help
researchers across the globe collect valuable scientific data with your phone!
The following links describe different citizen science projects that you can
participate in with the swipe of your finger.
iNaturalist, Project Noah, Seek or Map of Life - Help researchers document biological diversity by photographing what you see in nature:eBird - Document birds you observe in real-time and contribute to avian research, education and conservation:Project BudBurst - Help researchers gather data on plants throughout the seasons to increase appreciation of plants and the natural world and inspire conservation actionJourney North - Help researchers study seasonal migration by documenting your Monarch butterfly sightings as well as other migratory speciesCity Nature Challenge - This is an annual, global event where cities around the world compete to involve the most participants to make the most observations of the local wildlife species
iNaturalist, Project Noah, Seek or Map of Life - Help researchers document biological diversity by photographing what you see in nature:
eBird - Document birds you observe in real-time and contribute to avian research, education and conservation:
Project BudBurst - Help researchers gather data on plants throughout the seasons to increase appreciation of plants and the natural world and inspire conservation action
Journey North - Help researchers study seasonal migration by documenting your Monarch butterfly sightings as well as other migratory species
City Nature Challenge - This is an annual, global event where cities around the world compete to involve the most participants to make the most observations of the local wildlife species
Click on the logo below to see the full calendar and register. Students meet two times each month throughout the school year. Registration is open July - September.
The Biodiversity Education Center building is available to rent as a meeting space for Coppell Non-profit 501(c) 3 Organizations. Youth organizations such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4H and American Heritage Girls are asked to submit requests using the non-profit form. UPDATE: Effective January 2020, all groups must supply a building reservation fee: $25 per 2 hours. Submit completed request forms to email@example.com at least 72 hours prior to requested reservation time. Building availability is subject to BEC educational program schedule.
BEC Reservation Form
The Biodiversity Education Center was designed with "green" construction features. The building receives power from 96 solar panels and includes a cistern that captures 9,400 gallons of rainwater. Landscaping around the Center features Texas native and adaptive plants, reducing water consumption and providing a habitat for wildlife such as butterflies, hummingbirds, birds, and bees.
View the kWh generated with the solar panels at the Biodiversity Education Center
The quality programming offered through the Biodiversity Education Center is made possible by a strong community of volunteers. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available for teens and adults. You may view some of these opportunities by clicking the links below to the online volunteer portal. Please contact any staff member for further assistance.
Adult Volunteers (Ages 18 and older)
Youth Volunteers (Ages 13 - 17 years old)
If you are interested in volunteering with the Biodiversity Education Center, we invite you to attend volunteer orientation. Orientation is offered two times a year in the Fall and Spring. During orientation, you will learn about Coppell Nature Park, the Biodiversity Education Center, the programs offered to the community through this facility, and the impact volunteers have on the community. We hope this will help you decide which volunteer opportunities best fit your schedule, interests, and skills. You will also learn how to utilize the online volunteer system to create a profile, register for activities, and log hours.
Docents are a committed group of adult volunteers who receive training to take a leadership role with activities such as field trips, guided hikes, and group service activities. Docent training is offered two times each year in the Fall and Spring.