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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Bay Lab at Crab Cove

Organization Name
East Bay Regional Park District
Organization Website
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)
Participant Activities

For visiting school groups, students are given the task of becoming a Citizen Scientist observing the diverse ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay.  In the Aquarium Study and Media Portion of their visit, students are asked to observe four species commonly found in the Bay and draw and record their observations. Additionally, students participate in Seine Netting in the subtidal zone, Quadrant Studies of Mudflats, Mud Investigation, and Salinity Studies.

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Marine
Geographic Scope
Crab Cove at Crown Memorial State Beach
Location - Map
1252 McKay Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
Time Commitment
  • Specific dates (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications

Project activities are for school groups only

Volunteer Training
Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?
Other Information
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