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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Turtle Watchers - Marin Municipal Water District
 Organization Name Marin Municipal Water District
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Email
 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Protect the vulnerable Western Pond Turtle and collect valuable data on native and non-native turtles to direct the management of these species.

 Participant Activities Monitor habitat conditions, record turtle behavior and educate the public during the spring when the western pond turtles are most vulnerable.

 Data Entry Unknown
 Other Participant Activities Volunteers can join other volunteer, education, and recreational activities hosted by the organization.

 System Studied Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes, Other (see Notes)
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Marin
 Location Phoenix, Lagunitas and Alpine Lakes in the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed
 Location - Map Lake Lagunitas, California, 94904
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Training Training is held in March of each year and includes a hike around Lake Lagunitas, a discussion on turtle biology and methods for engaging the public.

 Other Information Volunteers monitor turtles from March through May on their own schedule. Children as young as eight years old can be turtle observers if accompanied by an adult.

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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