California Naturalist
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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Ocean Spaces
 Organization Name MPA Monitoring Enterprise, a project of the California Ocean Science Trust
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Other Contact Information

Contact page:

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Brings people together who care about California’s oceans so they can explore and learn about marine life, and how we use and manage our ocean resources;  Connect fishermen, policy-makers, and scientists to find the information needed to contribute an informed voice in decisions; Provide a platform that will add context to available ocean data and encourage constant growth – additional members, new ideas, and new sources of knowledge.

 Participant Activities Participants can download data and participate in community forums to understand, analyze, and discuss data related to California's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

 Data Entry Other
 Other Participant Activities OceanSpaces Community forum:

Participants can also form their own group pages.

 System Studied Marine, Intertidal zone
 Geographic Scope Statewide
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location Participants work from personal computers to analyze data from California's Marine Protected Areas
 Location - Map 1330 Broadway, Suite 1530 Oakland, CA 94612
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Participants must have access to a personal computer and internet

 Other Information Participants do not enter data, but have the opportunity to download and analyze data. Questions and ideas can be posed to the community of scientists, educators, conservationists, fishermen, etc. 

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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