Community science is where nonprofessional participants engage in scientific research, guided and / or trained by professional experts. These opportunities not only help advance scientific research, but also bridge connections between participants and science through real world experiences. In today’s changing world personal connections and understanding of science and the natural world are vital to ensure effective stewardship of natural resources and ecosystems on a global scale. The emergence of global network of community scientists rooted in a shared scientific practice could be an opportunity to evolve policy around resource management and ecosystem health standards.