At its core, Youth-Focused Community and Citizen Science is all
about when young people play a role in creating new scientific
knowledge, becoming experts in their local environment, and then
using that new knowledge to take action and make change. The
resources found below have been designed to support youth
engagement in a variety of citizen science projects on school
campuses in both formal and informal educational settings. The
for Youth Learning in Community and Citizen Science has been
used as the foundation for these resources, and is embedded into
our community and citizen science resource materials -
highlighting core activities like developing youth expertise -
that intersect with key educator practices – such as shifting
instruction to position youth as experts. This framework helps us
understand how what we do leads to our desired outcomes.
Check out our resources highlighted below:
Language and Community Connections where you will find
classroom and at home supports for engaging students in rich
dialogue and literacy skill building focused on environmental
science (Parent Handbook, Sample Units, Book Lists and more).
a Project – Asking Questions of Your Campus where you will
find classroom examples and lessons (slide decks, vidoes, teacher
supports and templates) that support students in developing
Connecting to the
Standards where you will find units of study that correlate
YCCS project and ELA standards, resources to connect standards to
projects by grade level and teacher resources for understanding
how to use a YCCS project to deepen engagement and learning.
CitSci on the Farm where you will find a website that
contains classroom resources and educator professional
development materials for student projects monitoring
Challenge where you will find a webpage with a guides and
other resources to hosting a classroom bioblitz.