Webinar to Further Association Planning

Interested in being part of the growth of the Citizen Science Association? Join in a webinar on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013. Field Development Coordinator Meg Domroese, along with Abe Miller-Rushing from Schoodic Institute, will share the status of the developing Association, provide an overview of work by four steering committees, and outline clear opportunities for getting involved in next steps. What: Webinar, Association overview and an opportunity to get involved When: Sept. 17, San Francisco 10-11:30a // New York 1-2:30p // London 6-7:30p Where:  Archived (see details below to access) **The archived webinar is now available (click here to download…
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Dreaming Big about Citizen Science

Dreaming Big about Citizen Science

The California Academy of Sciences is thinking about citizen science at the highest institutional level. With a long history of supporting public participation in scientific research and running several citizen science projects, the Academy has turned its focus to thinking carefully about how to integrate those activities deeply into the fabric of its work to document biodiversity in the state of California. In doing so, the Academy has pulled together a document that offers insights for anyone considering how to make the best use of citizen science to advance both scientific literacy and scientific research. (Proceedings available for download) In…
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Promising Practices for Community Partnerships

Promising Practices for Community Partnerships

"How do we engage more diverse audiences?" If you and your program are asking this question, you are not alone. This question was heard again and again from educators and administrators attending a series of 2012 workshops on citizen science at science centers. The same question was explored by citizen science project leaders at a 2012 workshop facilitated by the Center for Diversity and the Environment. With support from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, a task force was convened to address this question and provide insights for the field. A team of PPSR practitioners and researchers, science center administrators, and…
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Citizen Science Weekend

Citizen Science Weekend

Celebrate citizen science! Over the 2012-2013 winter break, the Museum of Discovery and Science shared CoCoRaHS, Project BudBurst, Project NestWatch, Galaxy Zoo, and other project activities in a family-focused Citizen Science Weekend. Take a look at what went on to gain inspiration for your own Citizen Science Celebration! In 2016, The Citizen Science Association will support a US nationwide Citizen Science Day. Learn more and take part!  
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BudBurst Buddies at the New York Hall of Science

BudBurst Buddies at the New York Hall of Science

How can pre-school aged children engage with citizen science? This is what Martin Weiss and Michaela Labriole wondered when planning the citizen science component of the Communicating Climate Change (C3) project at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). As a very hands-on science center, NYSCI attracts many families with young children. A hands-on activity like citizen science held promise for sharing the message of climate change with this audience, but would pre-schoolers be excited about making scientific observations? And if so, who would want their data? Enter BudBurst Buddies. Presented like a children's book, this website (a youthful portal for Project BudBurst)…
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Bark beetles and rainfall at the Arizona Science Center

Bark beetles and rainfall at the Arizona Science Center

Students, by taking part in citizen science projects, can report valuable observations to help scientists better understand the impacts of climate change. To help students themselves see changes over time, and what those changes might have to do with climate... that calls for interpreting data. What has happened to the trees pictured here? Through an inquiry-based curriculum, developed by Dianne McKee and colleagues* at the Arizona Science Center, middle school students are inspired to investigate why trees are dying in the northern part of the state. Prompted by emails from a (fictitious) fellow student on a Student Ranger program, classrooms explore photos,…
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An island ecosystem: Sword ferns at Chabot Space and Science Center

An island ecosystem: Sword ferns at Chabot Space and Science Center

Redwoods line the drive to the Chabot Space and Science Center, located in the hills of Oakland, California. These trees are an icon of Northern California, but this particular Oakland patch is essentially an island ecosystem. And it's vulnerable to a changing climate. Enter an army of "citizen scientist" students and teachers, who visit Chabot (and the two adjacent urban parks) with a mission to monitor... sword ferns. The connection? Both redwoods and sword ferns thrive in a Mediterranean climate, rare but treasured worldwide for their characteristic blue skies and mild temperatures. The "blue skies" also means limited rain. In fact,…
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Citizen paleontology

Citizen paleontology

Fossils in Florida? Bones in a box? Blogger Lisa Gardiner shares stories of how the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Paleontological Research Institute in Ithaca, NY, are helping to keep alive the rich tradition of volunteer contributions to paleontological research - both within the museum doors and far beyond. Read more here!
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