GLOBE Observer for Informal Educators

Toolkit for Informal EducatorsConnect your organization’s mission to real-world science by introducing visitors to GLOBE Observer, the app of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program. GLOBE Observer can be integrated into programming at museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums, parks, public gardens, libraries and more. Simply engage visitors with a smartphone or tablet, integrate GLOBE Observer into an existing talk or demo, or create a new cart or event centered around the app.

It’s easy to get started with GLOBE Observer. Simply download the appregister for an account and plan your program using the resources included below. In this toolkit, you will find information, activities and resources for each of the app modules. In the Advanced section, you can find more information on topics such as organizing an event and becoming a GLOBE partner. Have a question? Contact us.

Choose Your Protocol

Choose Your Protocol


Mosquito Habitat Mapper

Land Cover


Total Eclipse: Temperature and Clouds



Exhibits and Displays

Interested in developing an exhibit or permanent display about citizen science? We'd like to help. Contact us for helpful resources and tips.

GLOBE Partners

GLOBE Partners (Country Coordinators and U.S. Partners) facilitate the implementation of GLOBE in their country or within a service area of their country. Partners recruit GLOBE schools, as well as provide training opportunities and mentoring activities for GLOBE teachers to promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery. In the U.S., nonprofit or governmental organizations, whose priorities focus on support of student inquiry and research about the environment, are invited to become U.S. GLOBE Partners.

Accessing, Using and Sharing Data

GLOBE data are all made freely available to everyone. Visualizing and retrieving data are the easiest way to explore GLOBE data. The capability provided includes various maps, graphs, and data tables. Users may download data for use in their own analysis systems. 

Toolkit Case Study



If you’re interested in using GLOBE Observer in programming for Girl Scouts (for example as part of the Think Like a Citizen Scientist Journey), contact us for information on how you can run a program.

New Resource

New Resource

This video shows how to use the GLOBE Observer app for a basic Mosquito Habitat Mapper observation.