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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Pepperwood Vital Signs
 Organization Name Pepperwood Preserve
 Project Website ;
 Organization Website
 Partners iNaturalist, Conservation Lands Network
 Contact Name Morgan Kennedy, Research Specialist
 Contact Email
 Contact Phone (707)591-9310 x121
 Other Contact Information

To learn more or to register for an expedition, please contact Joel Cervantes, Research & Restoration Technician at, (707) 591-9310 x122.

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Contribute to growing citizen-science datasets on the distribution of the plants and animals of the Pepperwood Preserve; Contribute to the Bay Area BioAtlas, which seeks to build reserve-level species guides of where these plants and animals persist and where they are absent, as a baseline for monitoring changes related related to land use and climate change.

 Participant Activities Participants record, share and verify observations to track species and promote exploration of the natural world. Users can also access an illustrated biodiversity atlas of species for their area and have experts within the community review and verify uncertain observations

 Other Participant Activities Participants can also join Vital Signs Expeditions at Pepperwood Preserve.

 System Studied Mammals, Birds, Plants, Invertebrates, Climate Change
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Sonoma
 Location Pepperwood Preserve, between Santa Rosa and Calistoga
 Location - Map 2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road Santa Rosa, CA 95404
 Time Commitment Monthly, Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Please bring hiking gear, iPhone or SmartPhone and/or digital camera, GPS and water.

Suitable for ages 12 and up.

 Volunteer Training Video training on the use of iNaturalist is available. 

Expeditions provide education relating to the Preserve and guidance on use of iNaturalist. Past topics have included:

  • Redwood Watch
  • Ants! Ants! Ants!
  • iNaturalist Workshop
  • Turtle Pond Mosaics
 Cost to Participant Expeditions are not public hikes - registration is required.

 How will the findings be used? Data is posted to the iNaturalist website, available to participants and scientists. It also contributes to the Bay Area BioAtlas species guide.

 Other Information Vital Signs expeditions begin promptly at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. Meet at the Dwight Center for Conservation Science.

 last update: 10/19/12

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!

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