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New quarter, new faces

Welcoming Rebecca VanArnam

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. 

Get to know Rebecca:

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Spinning Salmon, Year Three: Deepening our Collaboration and Community Connections

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. 

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City Nature Challenge Sacramento Crowdfund Campaign

Join us in supporting during the month of October

City Nature Challenge Sacramento Crowdfund Campaign

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.  

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Backyard biodiversity helps statewide initiatives at Biodiversity Day 2023 events

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. 

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Find us virtually and abroad presenting our work!

Upcoming NAAEE conference and past conferences offer opportunities to share the Center's research and projects

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.

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Project Update: Clear Lake Reflections

Singing, dancing, eating, swimming, paddling, greeting: summer is an amazing time to be out at Clear Lake! 

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. 

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It’s Farewell, for Now

This week we congratulate Chris Jadallah on receiving his doctorate degree! Officially graduated from the School of Education, Chris has worked with the Center as a graduate student since 2018.

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Welcoming Alexandra Race

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.

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H.E.A.L.(ing) the Watershed

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). 

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Project Update: Net-Working with the Clear Lake Hitch

What’s the best way to get to know Clear Lake? A boat ride, of course! 

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. 

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Project Update: Field Trips Wrap Up Another Successful Year of GEAR UP Partnership

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. 

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Bradshaw Scholar Reflections on the 2023 City Nature Challenge

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.

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Find us at C*Sci 2023

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.
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Kicking off the 2023 City Nature Challenge Sacramento

Eighth annual challenge grows to over 450 participating cities on six continents; results announced on May 8

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.


Building on ten years of support and partnerhip:

How can California sustain and improve the role of Community and Citizen Science in MPAs?

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.

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From California to Tanzania and Back Again

Creating an educational and culturally-relevant environmental monitoring program for youth in northeast Tanzania

Could Community and Citizen Science not only support Science AND English teachers to teach in hands-on ways, but also help to feed students in Tanzania schools? Based on our recent collaboration, the answer is Yes!  

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