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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

What's Invasive

Organization Name
What's Invasive
Organization Website
UCLA Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS); Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area; UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Locate invasive species by making geo-tagged observations and taking photos to alert us of the spread of habitat-destroying invasive plants and animals

Participant Activities

Use your Android oriPhone to help locate invasive species!

Step 1. Sign up.
Step 2. Get the iPhone appor the Android app.
Step 3. Start collecting observations.

Data Entry
  • Cell Phone
Other Participant Activities

 Volunteers can set up their own 'parks' so people can help in their areas.

Groups are also encouraged to organize 'campaigns' to identify invasives in a particular area.

System Studied
  • Invasive Species
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
Parks throughout California and the country, with a particular focus on Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Location - Map
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Los Angeles, California
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications

Volunteers be able to download and use the What's Invasive application on a mobile device (iPhone or Android)

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

Data is mapped and accessible through the site

Other Information
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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