We currently have two projects focused on youth participation in community and citizen science.
The Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science (LEARN CitSci) Project is a four-year international collaborative research project that aims to understand how young people develop Environmental Science Agency through their participation in Citizen Science programs at Natural History Museums. Principal Investigators from the USA and UK include Citizen Science practitioners at The Natural History Museum Los Angeles County in Los Angeles, The Natural History Museum in London, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and Educational Researchers from UC Davis, Open University, and the University of Oxford. Read More
YCCS – Youth-Focused Community and Citizen Science
Beginning in 2013, we have been conducting qualitative case studies with YCCS projects in Northern California, as well as convening project designers, teachers, scientists and others involved in YCCS to generate and share knowledge of when and how YCCS works best. The YCCS website contains research briefs, case studies, and descriptions of key practices for youth and educators, and example of what those look like in different contexts. Read More
The NAAEE is dedicated to strengthening environmental education and increasing the efficiency of the profession, while working alongside a diverse group of educators. They strive to accelerate environmental literacy and civic engagement amongst all ages through environmental education.
Named after a mythical land from a novela when the Spanish first arrived, California was said to be paradise on Earth. However, times have changed since the Spanish first laid their eyes on the place we now call home. Social activists have spoken openly about the disasters of environmental change and many, from the top of California’s government to grassroots organizations are beginning to create much more systematic and widespread awareness and change with initiatives.
A new paper by recently graduated Emily Harris and the Center’s Faculty Director, Heidi Ballard, provides a framework for educators to design and implement citizen science projects in the classroom to facilitate meaningful student learning. This publication adds an important component to our suite of materials aimed at helping educators use Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science in their work.
This blog post, authored by Ryan Meyer, Heidi Ballard, and Lila Higgins, originally appeared on the Blue Sky Funders Forum blog.
When do experiences with science lead young people to create change in their lives, landscapes, and communities? Consider this reflection from Rachel Anne Arias, a 12-year-old living in La Crescenta in Southern California:
We asked our partners – expert researchers and practitioners — what it looks like when youth participate in community and citizen science. The resulting video speaks to the tremendous potential of youth-focused community and citizen science (YCCS) in the classroom, in the field, in a science museum, or anywhere in between.