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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Organization Name
Association of Zoos & Aquariums
Organization Website
CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point
Contact Name
Contact Email, citizenscience(at)
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information

Bay Area Frog Watch:

Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads -ongoing analyses of these data have been used to help develop practical strategies for the conservation of these important species. 

Participant Activities

FrogWatch USA volunteers learn to identify local frog and toad species by their calls during the breeding season and how to report their findings accurately. By mastering these skills, volunteers gain increased experience and control over asking and answering scientific questions which, in turn, augments science literacy, facilitates conservation action and stewardship, and increases knowledge of amphibians.

Data Entry
  • Data Sheets
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Other (see Notes)
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
Wherever frogs are found
Location - Map
Time Commitment
  • Unknown
Volunteer Qualifications

All you need is:

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training emphasizes the nature of science as it relates to frog and toad call identification and reporting. Lecture and course material focuses on the ways in which the volunteers contribute to the FrogWatch USA’s base of scientific data by following scientific and standardized data collection protocols and local frog and toad species as well as their basic natural history, range, and mating calls.

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

California Chapters:

Bay Area Frog Watch: CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point, San Mateo
Santa Barbara Zoo, Santa Barbara 
Sequoia Park Zoo, Eureka

Contact these organizations for training and volunteering opportunities.

last update:

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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