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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

 Project Name Healthy Watersheds Program
 Organization Name The Watershed Project
 Project Website http://www.thewatershedproject.org/WhatWeDo/HealthyWatersheds.html
 Organization Website http://www.thewatershedproject.org
 Partners Clean Water Action; California Coastal Commission; Department of Toxic Substances Control
 Contact Email info@thewatershedproject.org
 Contact Phone (510)665-3430
 Other Contact Information

Contact page: http://www.thewatershedproject.org/WhoWeAre/ContactUs.html

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Create a legacy of healthy watersheds for future generations

 Participant Activities Water quality monitoring along local creeks

 Data Entry Unknown
 Other Participant Activities
  • Creek and shoreline cleanups throughout the year
  • Contra Costa and Alameda County trash assessments
  • Workshops on clean water issues
  • Displays at fairs, festivals, symposia and conferences
The program also has K-12 education offerings and policy & advocacy activities. Volunteers can also become involved in the Watershed Project other activities around the Bay.

K-12 activities include:

  • Service-learning projects on marine debris and clean water for middle and high school students
  • Afterschool Riparian Lab
  • Creek Champions program for elementary schools
  • Curriculum development related to marine debris and clean water
  • Bye Bye Basura Sister City program
 System Studied Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
 Geographic Scope Regional
 Region Contra Costa
 Location Watersheds in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties
 Location - Map 1327 South 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804
 Time Commitment Specific dates (see Other Information below), Unknown
 Volunteer Training Volunteers can participate in Watershed Project volunteer education events, and curricula may be available for K-12 activites

 Other Information Check the project's website for upcoming restoration, monitoring and educational events.

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.

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