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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 cghdixon@ucdavis.edu. 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.

Surfrider Water Sample Collection

  • Organization Name
    Surfrider - Santa Cruz Chapter
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    N / A
  • Contact Name
    N / A
  • Contact Email
    volunteer@surfridersantacruz.org
  • Contact Phone
    476-POOP
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Assess safety of beaches and ocean water

  • Participant Activities

    Collect water samples weekly from local beaches and deliver to lab for processing

  • Data Entry
    • Collection Kits
  • Other Participant Activities

    Other volunteer roles include: Beach Captain, Newsletter writers, Volunteer Coordinator and others.

  • System Studied
    • Water Quality
    • Marine
  • Geographic Scope
    Local
  • Region
    Santa Cruz
  • Location
    Beaches in and around Santa Cruz and the central Coast
  • Location - Map
    2222 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95062
  • Time Commitment
    • Weekly
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    N / A
  • Volunteer Training
    N / A
  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?

    Results of data analysis for E.coli and Enterovoccus are posted online for public to view - http://santacruz.surfrider.org/water-testing/

  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:
    9/26/12

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.