BC Parks’ Long Term Ecological Monitoring Program

Get Involved!

Volunteer to collect data in Parks

BC Parks is looking for “citizen scientists” to help us collect ecological monitoring data across B.C.’s protected areas. BC Parks has developed simple monitoring protocols (i.e. instructions on how to collect data) and is adding monitoring sites each year. Volunteer organizations can establish their own sites as part of this network. For more information on how you can get involved, contact the LTEM Program Coordinator.


BC Parks’ staff collecting data in the Grassland Biome.
Tunkwa Provincial Park.

Collecting ecological monitoring data is easy:

  • Observations are fun, simple to record, and do not take a lot of time to complete.
  • Monitoring data are easy to access, meaning every participant can see how their efforts are adding up, and get a summary of their observations over time.
  • Observations are easily added to the database (via the LTEM App) for long term storage and analysis.
  • Observations will get used by researchers, practitioners and regulators, so participants can feel encouraged that the monitoring itself is validated and useful.
  • Monitoring leads to social change and sustainability. It is difficult to predict the impact that a large ecological monitoring database can make in 10 or 20 years time – but the information collected and subsequent trends discovered will likely inform important land-based decisions in B.C.’s future.

Anyone can get involved:

  • Do you spend time in parks and want to become a “citizen scientist”?
  • Are you a business owner who wants to engage your staff in a team building ’field day’ by collecting meaningful data in a park?
  • Are you a science teacher that wants to bring your students outside to learn about monitoring methods & protocols?
  • Are you part of a community group that is looking for ways to volunteer in BC Parks?

Contact the LTEM Program Coordinator

  • We can provide training, facilitation and even meet you or your group in a park to work through a monitoring protocol together.
  • We are available to answer any questions you might have about the LTEM Program, the LTEM App, protocol instructions, etc.
  • While BC Parks has identified a number of baseline monitoring sites, we encourage you (as a citizen scientist!) to identify new sites in your local park & biome. We can help identify and establish new sites near you.