About Us

Learn, Participate, Conserve has been the foundation of Naturedigger since we started our journey in 2012. Our mission has always been to educate the public, then engage them in scientific research and data collection. We know this hands-on involvement leads to more nature enthusiasts, and ultimately, conservationists.

With limited funding and scant personnel, researchers are looking to the public for assistance collecting critical scientific data to further their research. In many cases, this data will provide important information to land managers, local, state and federal organizations, as well as nonprofit organizations, to help them make better informed conservation and management decisions. Naturedigger provides an important link between valuable community scientists and the organizations in need of their expertise and commitment, while also educating the public about the numerous issues we are facing in our natural world.

We hope that our personal commitment to providing free, quality, nature education will create a new generation of enthusiastic naturalists and community scientists, who share one very important goal: to conserve our natural world and spread the word.

Our iOS Apps

Naturedigger covers a variety of topics in our iOS apps, but all share the same goal: to provide free, quality, nature education to every age group. Click on an app icon below to learn about each app and download them free on the App Store.

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Our Founder

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Naturedigger's founder, Tara Johnson, is a veteran environmental scientist, who, throughout her 25-year career, has been employed in both private and public sectors. Naturedigger is a reflection of her interests, which include threatened and endangered species, invasive species, community science participation and nature education.


Tara's focus has been on monarch butterfly research, education and conservation for the past seven years. Her goal is to offer free education through the Naturedigger website and the Monarch SOS app, which is currently being used in both home school and university classrooms.

Tara's career began in the early 90s in Melbourne, Florida where she worked with threatened species, including gopher tortoises and Florida scrub jays.

Throughout her career, she has conducted wetland delineations, monitoring, and replications, and has been involved in every aspect of construction compliance. She is an invasive species consultant, educator, researcher, grant writer and program planner.


Much of Tara's time is spent traveling throughout the country collecting data and photos for Naturedigger apps and her website. She not only promotes the important work of community science projects but is active in numerous projects herself. She has been a volunteer invasive weed watcher since 2001 and became a certified invasive weed diver in 2014. Tara has been educating the public about upland and aquatic invasive species and threatened and endangered species since 2012 through her numerous iOS apps, community outreach events and the Naturedigger website.


Naturedigger has been a partner of the Monarch Joint Venture since 2016.

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