CCS Events and Trainings

Events and Trainings


We offer trainings for educators, and are developing programs for scientists, practitioners and others interested in community and citizen science.

Educator Workshops

Our workshops for in-school and out-of-school educators are grounded in research on what works in youth-focused community and citizen science. Participants learn about key practices for youth and educators, which can be applied in a wide range of existing citizen and community science projects, or in the development of new ones. They do hands-on citizen science work, and connect with Next Generation Science Standards.

We currently offer two programs: a half-day workshop, and 3-day (12-hour) institute, and are very open to collaborations that allow us to pilot additional training and support models.

See below for information about upcoming training opportunities, and contact us if you’re interested participating, or bringing a training to your area.

CCS Collabinar

Through the CCS Collabinar, we collaborate with others on exciting challenges and opportunities in community and citizen science. This occasional series invites researchers and practitioners to present their work, engage with each other, and get feedback. Our guests will give brief presentations on their work, but the focus of the Collabinar is on working through challenges and design opportunities, while exploring mutual learning and potential collaboration. 

To stay informed about upcoming Collabinars, sign up here.


Collabinar: CALeDNA, Next Steps

May 24, 2019

CALeDNA, Next Steps:Creating a scalable roadmap for how a community science program involved in cutting edge research can build a strong feedback loop.

Friday, May 24, 2019
11:00 AM -1:00 PM PST


Collabinar: SciStarter Education

May 17, 2019

Sci Starter Education: a new, pilot, Ed-Tech platform to integrate facilitator-led citizen science in schools through district- and school-wide approaches

May 17, 2029
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST


Collabinar: Citizen Science for Biodiversity Education in South Africa

November 7, 2018

The Center hosted another CCS Collabinar event on Wednesday, November 7th, from 9:00-11:00am— with Dr. Palesa Mothapo! 

Dr. Palesa Mothapo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and a current Mandela Washington Fellow who researches the impacts of invasive species on natural and human environments. She presented her work, ”Tshotshi101, Ants in my Backyard: A case study of citizen science for biodiversity education in South Africa,” then we workshopped some of her questions about using citizen science to monitor invasive species distribution, abundance, and notable impacts.


Collabinar: Youth citizen science and appreciation for science and biodiversity in Brazil

October 24th, 2018

Our first CCS Collabinar was held on Wednesday, October 24, 9-10am. Caren Souza and Nayara Hachich presented their work on two new citizen science initiatives in Brazil, one in Conde and another in Mucugê, which will engage participants, including youth, in biodiversity science. The interdisciplinary team gave us an overview of the project, and then we worked together on a variety questions related to motivations, learning, and science and biodiversity.

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3-Day Institute prepares educators for real science in the garden with students

We are still glowing from our three days of shared learning, planning, and camaraderie with local partners, teachers, after-school educators, school garden coordinators. With thanks to our partner, Yolo Farm to Fork, who developed the article below, we offer some initial insights from this workshop, with more to come in the near future! 

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Reflecting on our Woolman Center workshop

Named after a mythical land from a novela when the Spanish first arrived, California was said to be paradise on Earth. However, times have changed since the Spanish first laid their eyes on the place we now call home. Social activists have spoken openly about the disasters of environmental change and many, from the top of California’s government to grassroots organizations are beginning to create much more systematic and widespread awareness and change with initiatives.


Sharing Community & Citizen Science with Local Educators

In February, we teamed up with Pepperwood Preserve and Sonoma County K-5th grade educators to run a workshop on how to facilitate community and citizen science in the classroom. Activities included observational sketching, a mini bioblitz, and sharing the YCCS Environmental Science Agency framework. Educators left eager and equip to try out new projects in creative ways with their students.

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