Center for Community & Citizen Science Blog
We’ve started this fall quarter welcoming returning students and new students alike. It’s always a busy and exciting time at the Center for Community and Citizen Science, and with the addition of our new graduate student, Rebecca VanArnam, we are hitting the ground running with classes and projects.
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Our Center specializes in helping educators and youth work together on real science – youth-focused community and citizen science. An especially powerful aspect of this approach is the opportunity to help youth connect directly with professional scientists, and with local partners in their own communities who are working on environmental challenges. The story of our Spinning Salmon project shows how these connections can evolve over time, as partnerships develop, and new opportunities for collaboration arise.
Starting October 1, we invite friends of the Center for Community and Citizen Science to support us in organizing the City Nature Challenge (CNC) for the Sacramento region.
The CNC is a 4-day event held annually at the end of April. Sacramento is one of hundreds of cities around the globe encouraging people to find plants and wildlife. Using a smartphone or camera, observations are documented through submission to the iNaturalist app and web platform.
At the Center for Community and Citizen Science, we love connecting people with opportunities for authentic science engagement. Every so often, we get to participate ourselves! Saturday, September 9, staff from the Center went to Effie Yeaw Nature Center at Ancil Hoffman County Park in Carmichael. We met colleagues from the California Academy of Sciences who were hosting a bioblitz alongside the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Natural Resources Agency.
Let’s talk about bats: Community Science for One Health in Peru
November 8, 2023
3:00 – 4:00 PM PST
Sharing findings with outside audiences is one of our youth-centered community and citizen science practices effective in promoting learning and environmental science agency. Turns out, it’s also really great for us working here at the Center too! We’ve been busy this year, in addition to the Citizen Science Association C*Sci 2023 Conference, traveling to present research findings from our projects. This fall you can find us on your screen as we present at the virtual North American Association of Environmental Education conference.
Challenges and opportunities integrating CCS into two longstanding community programs
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
12:00 – 1:00 PM PST
July marks the halfway point of the Blue Ribbon Committee for the Rehabilitation of Clear Lake (BRC)-funded project in Clear Lake. What better way to celebrate this milestone than to join the community during Robinson Rancheria’s Shigom Nature Day, Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians’ Tule Boat Festival, and Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians’ Big Time.
This quarter, we are thrilled to have postdoctoral scholar Alexandra Race join us here at the Center! Alexandra is working on two projects: (1) Supporting data analysis on the Our Forests project and; (2) Exploring the role community and citizen science can play in supporting youth and community involvement in various dam removal projects.
In May, the Center’s Youth Education Program Manager, Peggy Harte, joined teachers from throughout northern California as they came together to celebrate and share their learnings as participants in the year-long professional development program, H.E.A.L. (Health, Environmental Awareness and Literacy).
Not just any boat ride. We recently joined California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as staff conducted the last electrofishing survey of the season. These surveys are one of many community-wide efforts to monitor Clear Lake hitch populations, which is a culturally important species to Tribes and endemic to Clear Lake.
Starting a collaborative community and citizen science project with high schools is no small feat. Try starting it during the pandemic. That’s what we did with the Center’s collaboration with GEAR UP STEM Rural Valley Partnership Spinning Salmon in the Classroom project. After managing a year of distance learning in 2021 and piloting in-person content in 2022, we had so much we were excited to do this year.
Congratulations to our UC Davis Center for Regional Change Bradshaw Scholar, Diego Serrano! The past 2 quarters, Diego helped us with a variety of projects, including the Sacramento Region City Nature Challenge. We’re so proud of how much he learned and accomplished. Read Diego’s reflections on his experience.
Join the UC Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science at the listed events during the Citizen Science Association’s C*Sci 2023 conference in Tempe, Arizona! Find the full conference schedule here.
The Center for Community and Citizen Science is excited to once again host the City Nature Challenge for the Sacramento Region. As community and citizen science initiatives build momentum around the world, this year’s eighth annual City Nature Challenge includes more than 450 cities across six continents. Kicking off April 28 at 12:01 am in each time zone, the Challenge runs through May 1, 11:59 pm.
Together with our partners at the California Academy of Sciences, our MPAs team has submitted a public comment for the April 2023 meeting of the California Fish and Game Commission, urging the state to build on 10+ years of support and partnership, which brought more than 80,000 people into the process of marine protected area monitoring in California.
The UC Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science team has been working with researchers on the Elwha River in Washington state for more than a year now, and we are proud to share a new report summarizing what we have learned about Community and Citizen Science on the Elwha.