Poster on Best Practices for Engaging Communities in Citizen Science
Graduate student Jen Metes recently presented early insights from
her work on the COASST project in a poster at the National
Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE).
Best Practices for Engaging Communities in Citizen
Science: Recruitment & Retention in COASST
Jennifer Metes, Heidi Ballard & Julia Parrish
Coastal Observation & Seabird Survey Team (COASST) is a citizen
science project through which participants collect beached bird
data that is shared with resource management agencies. We
examined why COASST volunteers first became engaged in the
project and what motivates them to continue their involvement in
it. Using COASST as a “model” citizen science program, we
identify fundamental features of the program that may be
translated into other citizen science projects.