Results/Conclusions: In Guyana, the community elders asked the Iwokrama Centre to form Wildlife Clubs to introduce young people to the natural heritage that surrounds the villages so they would grow to care for the ecosystem. The Wildlife Clubs employed an adult to supervise activities and young village members are excited to engage in biological explorations of their backyards. The Ranger Training program provided employment and built capacity for villagers surrounding the Iwokrama Forest. In Papua New Guinea, a doctoral student trained residents from two local towns in amphibian sampling methods. The payment for research services helped promote the sustained use of forest resources and built capacity for villagers. Citizen science monitoring programs in the tropics could provide a wealth of information regarding the state of forests and could be a viable approach for the future as interest in organismal biology continues to decline in the developed world.