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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Pepperwood Vital Signs

  • Organization Name
    Pepperwood Preserve
  • Project Website
    http://app.pepperwoodpreserve.org/pls/apex/f?p=514:20:11302539315776::::: ; http://www.inaturalist.org/places/pepperwood-preserve
  • Partners
    iNaturalist, Conservation Lands Network
  • Contact Name
    Morgan Kennedy, Research Specialist
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone
    (707)591-9310 x121
  • Other Contact Information


    To learn more or to register for an expedition, please contact Joel Cervantes, Research & Restoration Technician at jcervantes@pepperwoodpreserve.org, (707) 591-9310 x122.

  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Contribute to growing citizen-science datasets on the distribution of the plants and animals of the Pepperwood Preserve; Contribute to the Bay Area BioAtlas, which seeks to build reserve-level species guides of where these plants and animals persist and where they are absent, as a baseline for monitoring changes related related to land use and climate change.

  • Participant Activities

    Participants record, share and verify observations to track species and promote exploration of the natural world. Users can also access an illustrated biodiversity atlas of species for their area and have experts within the community review and verify uncertain observations

  • Data Entry
    N / A
  • Other Participant Activities

    Participants can also join Vital Signs Expeditions at Pepperwood Preserve.

  • System Studied
    • Mammals
    • Birds
    • Plants
    • Invertebrates
    • Climate Change
  • Geographic Scope
  • Region
  • Location
    Pepperwood Preserve, between Santa Rosa and Calistoga
  • Location - Map
    2130 Pepperwood Preserve Road Santa Rosa, CA 95404
  • Time Commitment
    • Monthly
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications

    Please bring hiking gear, iPhone or SmartPhone and/or digital camera, GPS and water.

    Suitable for ages 12 and up.

  • Volunteer Training

    Video training on the use of iNaturalist is available. 

    Expeditions provide education relating to the Preserve and guidance on use of iNaturalist. Past topics have included:

    • Redwood Watch
    • Ants! Ants! Ants!
    • iNaturalist Workshop
    • Turtle Pond Mosaics
  • Cost to Participant

    Expeditions are not public hikes - registration is required.

  • How will the findings be used?

    Data is posted to the iNaturalist website, available to participants and scientists. It also contributes to the Bay Area BioAtlas species guide.

  • Other Information

    Vital Signs expeditions begin promptly at 10:00 am and end at 2:00 pm. Meet at the Dwight Center for Conservation Science.

  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:

If you work with this project and would like to add to or update the information below, please email cghdixon@ucdavis.edu.

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 http://www.birds.cornell.edu/citscitoolkit/projects.