What happens when youth participate in community and citizen science? What works best for deepening learning and promoting environmental science agency?
The Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science (LEARN CitSci) Project is a four-year international collaborative research project that aims to understand how young people develop Environmental Science Agency through their participation in Citizen Science programs at Natural History Museums. Principal Investigators from the USA and UK include Citizen Science practitioners at The Natural History Museum Los Angeles County in Los Angeles, The Natural History Museum in London, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and Educational Researchers from UC Davis, Open University, and the University of Oxford. Read More
YCCS – Youth-Focused Community and Citizen Science
Beginning in 2013, we have been conducting qualitative case studies with YCCS projects in Northern California, as well as convening project designers, teachers, scientists and others involved in YCCS to generate and share knowledge of when and how YCCS works best. The YCCS website contains research briefs, case studies, and descriptions of key practices for youth and educators, and example of what those look like in different contexts. Read More
Examining Engagement and Science Identity through Participation
How can we broaden participation in science across diverse communities? Our researchers are collaborating with Cornell Lab of Ornithology to investigate how and why people from different backgrounds engage with different forms of citizen science, and what they get out of that experience. Funded by the National Science Foundation, this research will help thousands of ISE practitioners and program developers to design projects that achieve the greatest impacts for both new and existing audiences.
How can citizen science facilitate environmental education, and what does current research tell us about this relationship? Our Center hopes to answer these questions through participation in eeWorks, a broader initiative led by the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Research groups such as ours are conducting comprehensive literature reviews on various environmental education topics. At CCS, we are investigating and synthesizing the research evidence available documenting citizen science as a pathway for environmental education. Additionally, we hope to identify future research directions to best support citizen science as a strategy for environmental education.
Community Science and Civic Participation with Public Lab
The Center is partnering with Public Lab to see what we can learn about a global community of individuals bridging science learning, civic engagement, and environmental advocacy. Currently, the Center is studying how the Public Lab framework fosters participation in citizen science and civic engagement. Read more
Assessing and Strengthening Citizen Science in UC ANR
In late 2017, we began an assessment of public participation in research across the whole of the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR). With its mission of connecting Californians to the University all over the state, UC ANR has a long history of engaging the public in research. This assessment offers an opportunity to place that rich history in the context of the exploding field of citizen science, and develop a road map for the future. Our final report on “Citizen and Community Science at the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources” has been submitted to UC ANR leadership, and will be publicly available in early 2019. This will also result in a special issue of California Agriculture, focused on citizen and community science. Read more
Marine and Coastal Citizen Science
How can marine and coastal citizen science provide opportunities for communities while contributing to scientific knowledge and its application? Our research on marine and coastal CCS has examined the unique challenges of working in this environment, and developed insights that can be applied across many different contexts. Read moreabout our publications and past projects.
Climate Change and Community and Citizen Science
The Center is researching climate change-oriented community and citizen science projects and investigating how they relate to climate change impacts, adaptation, resilience, and vulnerability. By compiling information about what projects currently exist, we hope to recognize how communities contribute to climate research and identify where there may be gaps that can provide opportunities for future projects. Read more
The City Nature Challenge began as a nature-observation competition between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County in 2016, organized around simple charge: “which city can find the most nature?” Since then, the competition has expanded rapidly, and this year more than 120 cities will participate worldwide!