California Naturalist
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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 OakMapper
 Organization Name Kelly Research and Outreach Lab & Geospatial Innovation Facility (GIF) at UC Berkeley:
 Project Website
 Organization Website;
 Partners Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab; California Oak Mortality Task Force
 Other Contact Information

contact us page:

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Collect and display known and suspected locations of Sudden Oak Death so that scientists can track the spread of the disease.

 Participant Activities Help OakMapper collect information on the possible locations of sudden oak death in California. Volunteers create a login, and once registered, tell OakMapper about possible Sudden Oak Death (SOD) via the map interface, or by using the OakMapper iPhone app. Volunteer contributions will appear in yellow on the map. 

 Data Entry Website, Cell Phone
 Other Participant Activities Volunteers can also create custom maps of the locations of sudden oak death

 System Studied Plants
 Geographic Scope Statewide
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location Project is focused on California, but volunteers can participate wherever SOD is found.
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 Volunteer Qualifications

None, but volunteers must set up an account and be able to enter data on their computers, or using the OakMapper iPhone app.

 How will the findings be used? Volunteer reports are coded and displayed on the OakMapper website and data can be downloaded by users.

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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