California Naturalist
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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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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 Project Noah
 Organization Name Networked Organisms
 Project Website
 Organization Website
 Partners NYU, National Geographic
 Contact Email
 Other Contact Information

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 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 National
 Region All (see 'geographic scope')
 Location see Project Noah Map & Missions on their website
 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.

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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