A Citizen Science Project Opportunity!
Barnes Preserve has welcomed visitors for many years, but we have never surveyed how many people actually use the park. Having a good estimate of usage can be very helpful when applying for grants, or donations from foundations. We know that the park is well utilized but it would be helpful to have some numbers to quote.
We will be gathering visitor data on July 25- August 2. For each of the nine days, the number of users will be tallied during one-hour volunteer- selected time blocks in the AM and PM. The data will be analyzed by a professional statistician to formulate general estimates of overall usage.
We need to have two volunteers – one counting at the pavilion, and the other at the hiker’s parking lot. Since we will be counting for nine days, we will have a total of 36 time slots to be filled. Time slots are only one hour long and can be chosen by the volunteer. You can combine your time with a walk afterwards! Take as many time slots as you are able. We will provide an easy-to-use tally sheet.
If you are willing to help, sign up for a time slot using the button below: