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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Earth Team
 Organization Name National Resource Conservation Service - California
 Project Website
 Organization Website ;
 Partners Central Sierra Resource Conservation & Development (CSRC&D)
 Other Contact Information

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 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Help protect and conserve the earth's natural resources.

 Participant Activities Earth Team volunteers work side-by-side with conservation professionals. Volunteer may assist with improving wildlife habitat, providing conservation education to adults and students, community outreach and many more interesting opportunities.

Earth Volunteers, partnering with agencies such as Central Sierra Resource Conservation & Development, may have the opportunity to join in citizen water monitoring. 

 Data Entry Unknown
 Other Participant Activities There are many volunteer opportunities with the Earth Team, based "on the Land, in the Community and in the Office."

 System Studied Water Quality, Other (see Notes)
 Geographic Scope National
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location Earth Team work is conducted throughout the state; Work with the CSRC&D covers watersheds in Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mono, and Tuolumne Counties
 Location - Map 235 New York Ranch Road, Jackson, CA.
 Time Commitment Unknown
 Volunteer Qualifications Anyone 14 years of age or older and interested in conserving our precious natural resources can be an Earth Team volunteer.  You can volunteer part-time or full-time and work outdoors or in a local NRCS office. You can volunteer as an individual or form or join a group. 

Youth, retirees, international volunteers and others are encouraged to apply. 

 Volunteer Training Youth work with NRCS staff and scientists and receive on the job training

 last update: 9/26/12

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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