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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 California King Tides Initiative
 Organization Name California King Tides Initiative
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Email
 Other Contact Information See contact for collaborating organizations "other information" below

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) To create a rich and diverse archive of photographs that highlight the changes in California’s shoreline communities and ecosystems.

 Participant Activities Take photos of locations along the California coastline during "peak tides." Upload photos to the initiative's website, along with metadata about the photo (where, when, etc.)

 Data Entry Website
 Geographic Scope Statewide
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location California Coastline
 Location - Map 268 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94104-3503
 Time Commitment Specific dates (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications Must have camera and access to computer to upload pictures.

 How will the findings be used? The photographs and associated information will be used to create a map that will catalog coastal areas that are currently affected by extreme water levels. A report containing a selection of the submissions will be available after the event. Photos may be used by other individuals in presentations, websites and publications on sea level rise impacts, coastal initiatives and climate action.

 Other Information

Activities are based around tidal schedule (available on the King Tide website).
Multiple organizations are partnering on the King Tides Initiative

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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