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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 What lives on Albany Hill, Cerrito Creek, and El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area?
 Organization Name Friends of Five Creeks
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Partners iNaturalist
 Contact Email
 Other Contact Information

What lives in the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area?:
What lives in the Albany Hill / Cerrito Creek?:

 Project Purpose (taken from project materials) Build up knowledge that will help in managing the area, and contribute a worldwide database on biodiversity

  • Learn more about how animals use these urban oasis. 
  • Identify and map native plants and plant communities that should be protected and encouraged, 
  • Identify and map invasives that should be controlled or eradicated -- especially to avoid wildfire. 
 Participant Activities

Participants use iNaturalist to report what they see in the target areas, with details like location, time of day, surroundings, condition of plants, or what the animal was doing. You can upload a photo if you have one. You don't have to know the name! The community at iNaturalist will help you identify it.

 Data Entry Website, Cell Phone
 Other Participant Activities Participants can also join work parties, resoration projects, and educational events

 System Studied Mammals, Birds, Plants
 Geographic Scope Local
 Region Contra Costa
 Location El Cerrito & Albany Hills
 Location - Map Hillside Natural Area, El Cerrito, California
 Time Commitment Other (see Other Information below)
 How will the findings be used? Data is mapped and accessible through iNaturalist

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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