A celebration of OPAL's work in its first five years
Want to explore your environment and learn more about the nature right on your doorstep? Want to help UK scientists with exciting research?
The Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) network is a UK-wide citizen science initiative that allows you to get hands-on with nature, whatever your age, background or level of ability.
We develop activities and resources, including our national surveys, which allow you to get closer to your local environment while collecting important scientific data. We also arrange and take part in nature events and workshops around the country.
We are funded by the Big Lottery Fund and we began in 2007, operating across England. Since January 2014, we’ve begun expanding into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland thanks to a further grant.
The OPAL network is led by Imperial College London and includes leading museums, universities and environmental organisations across the UK.
OPAL at a glance
Records in our database:
Active citizen science surveys:
Tree health survey
Learn more about the trees around you and provide scientists with vital information about their health.
Take part in an OPAL event near you
From pond-dipping and bat walks to training courses and surveys, find out about local activities and events.