How I Use It
As a homeschool family, we use it to document our own wildlife spottings and to get help with identification. As users must be 13, I log into my own account and thereafter my kids collaborate with me in the process. We research each spotting to find out more about the organism and to add what we've learned to our post. We browse the spottings others have uploaded and marvel at the species we haven't seen ourselves.
There are four classes of patches available for users to earn. These are a fabulous motivating tool. I print them onto sticker paper so that my kids and adhere them to the inside covers of their nature journals.
Project Noah helps you identify an unknown plant or animal, see what kinds of plants and animals have been spotted near you, and contribute to ongoing research projects. It also enables users to engage in meaningful discussion about wildlife with others who share an interest.
I really like the community atmosphere or social aspect of Project Noah. The rangers are very knowledgeable and work tirelessly to assure that the community is safe and that the users adhere to the policies.
I love the missions and the opportunity to earn patches. I have played around with creating my own missions as well but was disappointed that user created missions are only local. I occasionally teach online courses for homeschool families all over the world and would love to be able to collaborate with them on global missions.