Recreation with a purpose!

Have plans to spend time outside anywhere in the Cape Floristic Region?

  • You can contribute to research by simply submitting a photo of a dying plant!
  • Or, take it farther by submitting a sample!

You are welcome to participate in any phase of the project.

  • Want to learn how to extract DNA?
  • Want to become more intune with recognizing plant diseases?

Start by contacting us!

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Go Outdoors for Science

Turn your outdoor adventures into scientific expeditions by traversing to one of the sites below!

Welcome to the launch page for Phase Two of Cape Citizen Science. This phase is designed to facilitate an important study about the distribution and diversity of Phytophthora species in the soils of the fynbos. Below you will see 30 sites spanning three different subclasses in the Fynbos Biome of the Western Cape Province.

Because each site may require specific permissions for sampling, we ask that you contact us if you are uncertain and indicate which site you would like to collect soil from (e.g. F1 or S9, etc.).

The below google map can be viewed or added by following this link: Google Map Link (

Download KML file (Google Earth)

To view the original 135 sites click here.

Soil Sampling Instructions

Click here for MS Word version of the above instructions.