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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Project Noah

Organization Name
Networked Organisms
Project Website
Organization Website
NYU, National Geographic
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

To build a tool with which users can explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. 

Participant Activities

Volunteers use smartphones or digitial cameras to take photos and make observations of plants and animals, then upload these to Project Noah's map and missions.

Data Entry
  • Website
  • Cell Phone
Other Participant Activities

Citizen scientists and professional scientists can create "missions" on Project Noah for users to contribute to, for example, Mitten Crab Watch, Global Schoolyard BioBlitz, and Chitons of North California. Missions can be national, statewide or local in focus. 

Project Noah also offers resources for educators, with curricula resources, classroom-oriented missions, and steps for setting up your classroom to work with Project Noah. 

System Studied
  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
Geographic Scope
All (see 'geographic scope')
see Project Noah Map & Missions on their website
Location - Map
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications

Volunteers must be able to take and upload digital photos through a mobile device or personal computer

Volunteer Training

Some project provide guidelines for species identification, or are affiliated with classroom or other programs that have educational components.

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?
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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