While the report is focused intently on California, it also has
implications for Cooperative Extension more generally. A recent
workshop at CitSci2019 brought together colleagues from
across the country to share insights, and take initial steps
toward a national network for citizen science in Cooperative
Extension. We hope that this report, and the special issue of
California Agriculture planned for Fall, 2019, can all support
this broader work.
The specific recommendations included in the report contribute to
a vision of a broad, forward-thinking rationale for CCS at ANR
which would advance ANR’s strategic objectives. The path towards
this vision is summarized in the report’s broad concluding
Develop a shared understanding of CCS
Embrace the diversity of CCS happening at ANR
Better equip and prepare researchers with skills, technology,
and administrative support needed for CCS.
Continue to foster inclusive volunteer networks, expand
volunteer opportunities and think big about how they can yield
data and insights that would be otherwise impossible.
Strategically invest in capacity that helps sustain and scale
Seek and support creative partnerships that expand
participation and ensure meaningful learning through that
To read more about our specific recommended actions, and the
many different kinds of community and citizen science already
underway at ANR, click
here to access the full report.