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Citizen 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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Community Strategies for Sustainability and Justice
 Organization Name Pacific Institute
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Partners multiple community organizations and agencies
 Contact Name Eli Moore, Cataline Garzon, Co-Directors
 Contact Email,
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Build research capacity and conduct participatory research in partnership with California-based organizations

 Participant Activities

Participant activities change with current campaigns and partners. The CSSJ program "works with community-based organizations and coalitions in long-term strategic partnerships and shorter tactical alliances. It also provides consulting on projects that fit with its mission."

Current PPSR projects related to the environment include:


 Data Entry Other, Unknown
 Other Participant Activities

See CSSJ's website for additional initiatives such as:

 System Studied Water Quality, Air Quality, Climate Change, Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes, Pollution Clean-up or Monitoring, Other (see Notes)
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Northern California
 Location Communities in the Bay Area and Central Valley
 Location - Map 654 13th Street, Preservation Park Oakland, CA 94612
 Time Commitment Unknown
 Volunteer Training Training differs by campaign and project. 

For interested individuals and organizations, CSSJ leads a Community Research Academy:

The academy "builds the skills, confidence, and capacity of community-based organizations and coalitions in the Bay Area and the Central Valley to effectively conduct and apply research. The Academy is an intensive, 16-hour training designed for the staff and members of community-based organizations and coalitions working on social, environmental, or economic justice issues who are interested in integrating the tools and process of research into their work."

 How will the findings be used? Findings are used to "support many aspects of community organizing and advocacy campaigns to win healthy neighborhood environments, a thriving economy, and social justice."

Findings are shared with local decision makers and agencies.

Reports produced from project data are published on the program's website.

 last update: 2/6/13

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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