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A vast majority of the information in the database was gathered from project websites and may be out of date.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

Point Lobos and Surrounds - UC California Naturalist Project

  • Organization Name
    UC California Naturalist
  • Organization Website
  • Partners
    Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History; iNaturalist
  • Contact Name
    Adina Merenlender
  • Contact Email
  • Contact Phone
    (707) 744-1424 ext 106
  • Other Contact Information
    N / A
  • Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

    Contribute to growing citizen-science datasets on the distribution of the plants and animals around Point Lobos State Reserve. Data will help build a species guide and understanding of biodiversity in the watershed.

  • Participant Activities

    Make observations - photographs and other information about what and where - of taxa in and near Ano Nuevo and the central coast and upload to iNaturalist.

  • Data Entry
    • Cell Phone
  • Other Participant Activities

    Volunteers can help identify taxa that have been observed and uploaded by other volunteers

  • System Studied
    • Mammals
    • Birds
    • Plants
    • Invertebrates
    • Marine
    • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
    • Intertidal zone
  • Geographic Scope
  • Region
  • Location
    Point Lobos State Reserve and other coastal areas near Monterey, CA
  • Location - Map
    Point Lobos State Reserve Monterey, California
  • Time Commitment
    • Other (see Other Information below)
  • Volunteer Qualifications

    Volunteers must be able to photograph taxa and upload to iNaturalist, either through a mobile device (iPhone or Android) or from a personal computer

  • Volunteer Training

    No training is necessary to upload observations.

    However, the UC California Naturalist certificate training program is associated with this project. In 2012, training was designed "to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists trained and ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration." Trainees received training related to California Coastal ecosystems, as well as to Naturalist and Citizen Science related activities more broadly

  • Cost to Participant

    There is no cost to participate in this project.

    The 10-week CA Naturalist training costs $350.

  • How will the findings be used?

    Data is posted and mapped online.

  • Other Information
    N / A
  • Photo
    N / A
  • last update:
    N / A

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.