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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 cghdixon@ucdavis.edu. 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.

Urban Forest Map - San Francisco

  • Organization Name
    Urban Forest Map
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    Multiple private and agency partners
  • Contact Name
    N / A
  • Contact Email
    N / A
  • Contact Phone
    N / A
  • Other Contact Information
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Map every tree in San Francisco. We'll calculate the environmental benefits the trees are providing -- how many gallons of stormwater they are helping to filter, how many pounds of air pollutants they are capturing, how many kilowatt-hours of energy they are conserving, and how many tons of carbon dioxide they are removing from the atmosphere. The information volunteers gather will help urban foresters and city planners to better manage trees in specific areas, track and combat tree pests and diseases, and plan future tree plantings. Climatologists can use it to better understand the effects of urban forests on climates, and students and citizen scientists can use it to learn about the role trees play in the urban ecosystem.

  • Participant Activities

    1. Find a tree: Search for the trees near you. Find trees that bear edible fruits and nuts or those with beautiful flowers. Search for the biggest trees in your neighborhood -- then go visit them!

    2. Add a tree: The Urban Forest Map grows as citizen foresters like you add trees. Show a tree's location by putting a dot on the map, then provide as much information as you can.

    3.  Edit a tree: Check out the facts about the trees around you and update when you can. Don't forget to add alerts! With your help, we'll track changes in the urban forest and watch it grow. 
  • Data Entry
    • Website
    • Cell Phone
  • Other Participant Activities
    N / A
  • System Studied
    • Plants
  • Geographic Scope
    Local
  • Region
    San Francisco
  • Location
    San Francisco
  • Location - Map
    San Francisco, CA
  • Time Commitment
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications
    N / A
  • Volunteer Training

    Online training topics include: "How to Identify the Species of Your Tree" and "How to Measure the Diameter of Your Tree's Trunk"

  • Cost to Participant
    N / A
  • How will the findings be used?
    N / A
  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:
    N / A

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.