California Naturalist
California Naturalist
California Naturalist
University of California
California Naturalist

Northern CA PPSR Projects 1

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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

GLOBE - Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment

Organization Name
Organization Website
Managed by UCAR/NCAR, with NOAA, NSF, and NASA support
Contact Name
Dr. Teresa J. Kennedy, U.S. Country Coordinator
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information

Questions & comments page:

North America Regional Help Desk Office Support Contact: Ms. Nandini (Nan) McClurg, 800.858.9947,,

Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Scientific questions vary depending on the location, school, and mentoring scientists. Some programs may have purely education and action focus, others collaborate with scientists to gather data that will contribute to professional research.

Current global Science Projects address: 

Participant Activities

The GLOBE Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) aims to engage students in measuring, investigating, and understanding the climate system in their local communities and around the world. Drawing on GLOBE protocols and data, as well as other datasets, students take climate-related measurements and investigate research questions about climate.

GLOBE Field Campaigns are worldwide or regional projects that provide student research experiences to explore and learn about Earth through a network of students, teachers, and scientists. GLOBE field campaigns are grounded in real science embedded in an inquiry-based, collaborative approach.  

Intensive Observing Periods (IOPs) are focused periods of time where participants are encouraged to collect large amounts of data to be entered in the GLOBE database. Climate Scientists will lead Intensive Obesrving Periods, and both students and scientist can then use the GLOBE data and long-term climate data to conduct climate research investigations. 

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Invasive Species
  • Water Quality
  • Air Quality
  • Climate Change
  • Weather
  • Other (see Notes)
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
Schools throughout California
Location - Map
Time Commitment
  • Unknown
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Projects have school-based curricula and activities, as well as training materials for teachers and students

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?

Findings and updates from schools and scientists are published on the website and affiliated mentoring scientists' blog

Other Information

Schools and participants in this program link up with scientists in the GLOBE International Scientist Network (GISN), an international network of scientists that work with GLOBE students around the world conducting science. Scientists mentor students and teachers, present scientific ideas, and/or collaborate on scientific research. Each relationship between a scientist and a GLOBE school is different, and is determined by the scientist and the school.

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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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