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Map of Local & Regional Projects

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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Arvin Bucket Brigade
 Organization Name Global Community Monitor
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Contact Name Denny Larson, Global Community Monitor
 Contact Phone (415)845-4705
 Other Contact Information

Committee For A Better Arvin, Sal Partida 661-854-7000
Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, Gustavo Aguirre 661-667-0136

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Through air monitoring, to improve air quality through policy changes in favor of environmental health and justice

 Participant Activities Take air and gas samples at sites around Arvin, CA

 Data Entry Collection Kits, Data Sheets
 Other Participant Activities Community organizing and advocacy activities, including Toxic Tours

 System Studied Air Quality
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Kern
 Location Sites with poor air quality around Arvin, CA
 Location - Map 1241 Bear Mountain Blvd, Arvin, CA 93203-2825
 Time Commitment Unknown
 Volunteer Training Official Bucket Brigade training, provided by Global Community Monitor

 Other Information Partner Organizations: Committee for A Better Arvin, Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment and Dolores Huerta Foundation

Community monitoring tools: Air sampling buckets, pollution logs and particle monitor

Positive results: Organizations, community and local organizing groups have come together and have designed an air monitoring program and have begun documenting air pollution and raising awareness in the media.


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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