I figured that since the kids will be outside playing and exploring much of the summer, why not participate in something useful at the same time. There are lots of ideas for this. One such activity is The Lost Ladybug Project.
From looking at the site, I didn't realize that there was such a variety of ladybugs. Really, I thought a ladybug was a ladybug. Huh...who knew? But, some types of ladybugs are in decline and so this project to find and photograph ladybugs helps in understanding how these bug populations are changing. And you can be a part of the research! All you need to do is find some ladybugs, take a picture, and upload it.
Not interested in Ladybugs? No problem. You can find other ways of helping with research as a citizen scientist through the website Science for Citizens. Click on the project finder and enter some information. You can easily find a project you can participate in that will take nothing more than some time outdoors, a camera, and the ability to upload photos.
Happy ladybug hunting!