California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Community Science for CA Naturalists

Welcome to our ongoing effort to catalog citizen science and other public participation in scientific research (PPSR) projects for UC California Naturalists and other citizen scientists.  We invite you to browse the listed projects or enter key words (like birds, youth, invasive, coast, Alameda, etc.) in the search box above to find projects in your area. It's a great way to stay involved and keep developing your skills as a natural scientist!

A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date. We encourage you to contact projects directly to get involved and learn about most recent opportunities. If you work with a listed project and would like to add to, update, or correct the information we have, please email Also, please consider filling out the "PPSR perspectives" survey. Click here to access the survey, which will help guide this project in the coming year.

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

Special thanks goes to the National Science Foundation Informal Science Education program and the Stephen J. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation for supporting this database of projects.

 Project Name Marine Debris Action Teams
 Organization Name Turtle Island Restoration Network
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Name Dr. Chris Pincetich
 Contact Email
 Other Contact Information Connect to existing teams and events through facebook:

Contact Dr. Chris Pincetich (information above) to start your own team.

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Marine Debris Action Teams lead beach cleanups, scientific evaluations of debris density, and take action to save sea turtles by reducing the plastic pollution responsible for harming and killing endangered sea turtles.

 Participant Activities Survey beach transect sites and areas in the San Francisco Bay to collect and record information about debris, including debris type and gps location

 Data Entry Data Sheets, Other
 System Studied Marine, Intertidal zone, Pollution Clean-up or Monitoring
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Northern California
 Location Coastal sites along the West Coast
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training Volunteers work with volunteers or staff team leaders during monitoring events to learn survey techniques

 How will the findings be used? Reports from surveys and collection events are posted on the website.

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email

If you know of a project not on our list, please go to the "tell us about a project" link on the left so we can list the project here. Thanks for your help!

This database is focused on projects in California focused on the environment. For opportunities outside California, as well as national projects that don't have a California-specific components, check

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