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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Healthy Watersheds Program

Organization Name
The Watershed Project
Organization Website
Clean Water Action; California Coastal Commission; Department of Toxic Substances Control
Contact Name
Contact Email
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Create a legacy of healthy watersheds for future generations

Participant Activities

Water quality monitoring along local creeks

Data Entry
  • Unknown
Other Participant Activities
  • Creek and shoreline cleanups throughout the year
  • Contra Costa and Alameda County trash assessments
  • Workshops on clean water issues
  • Displays at fairs, festivals, symposia and conferences

The program also has K-12 education offerings and policy & advocacy activities. Volunteers can also become involved in the Watershed Project other activities around the Bay.

K-12 activities include:

  • Service-learning projects on marine debris and clean water for middle and high school students
  • Afterschool Riparian Lab
  • Creek Champions program for elementary schools
  • Curriculum development related to marine debris and clean water
  • Bye Bye Basura Sister City program
System Studied
  • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
Geographic Scope
Contra Costa
Watersheds in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties
Location - Map
1327 South 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804
Time Commitment
  • Specific dates (see Other Information below)
  • Unknown
Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteer Training

Volunteers can participate in Watershed Project volunteer education events, and curricula may be available for K-12 activites

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

Check the project's website for upcoming restoration, monitoring and educational events.

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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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