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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Living Shoreline Initiative - Oyster Monitoring & Restoration Project

Organization Name
The Watershed Project
Contact Name
Christopher Lim
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Data that students and teachers collect helps scientists understand how best to restore native oysters to the San Francisco Bay and the critical role these bivalves play in the underwater web of life.

Overall, the Living Shores initiative aims to help people appreciate the rich potential for healthy underwater habitats in the Bay and along its shoreline, and to restore that lost habitat; 

Participant Activities

The Oyster Monitoring and Restoration Program includes classroom and outdoor experiential learning for youth, and volunteer restoration and monitoring activities for adults.

Help the Watershed Project:

  • Build and maintain native oyster reefs
  • Monitor water quality
  • Clean up the Bay's shorelines and watersheds
  • Talk about oysters and other underwater dwellers at public meetings
  • Explain our work at fairs, festivals, symposia and conferences
Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities

The Living Shores Initiative also has K-12 offerings and Policy & Advocacy activities. Additionally, volunteers can get involved in other Watershed Project activities. 

System Studied
  • Water Quality
  • Invertebrates
  • Marine
Geographic Scope
Northern California
San Francisco Bay
Location - Map
1327 South 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804
Time Commitment
  • Unknown
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Check for volunteer education events.

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