Regional Meetings

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Across this field, project leaders, practitioners, researchers, and partners are looking for opportunities to strengthen connections and explore the big ideas advancing participatory sciences closer to home. Regional meetings can serve as a catalyst for, or primary activity of, networks of participatory science projects across North America. 

Hosting a regional meeting is an opportunity for visibility and leadership in the field. Excited by the idea of convening an event, but daunted by the prospect of logistics? The AAPS toolkit for regional event planning seeks to make hosting a high-caliber regional event both easy-to-implement and financially viable, allowing volunteer leaders to put more of their focus on building ideas and connections.

The AAPS Regional Event Toolkit includes planning checklists, event templates, support materials for fundraising and outreach, and more. These high-value materials reduce the planning burden and build explicit connections between individual regional events and the broader field. This toolkit is available via three packages offering options for events at different scales and with different support preferences, from DIY to custom services.

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Curious if hosting a regional event with AAPS is right for you?

Find out how AAPS can help you host a high-quality event for your region in 2024 in the regional event planning guide. In the guide, you will find details on the three different package options and a planning checklist with key considerations for early stage event planning. Supported regional events can be held between March and May 2024.

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Past Regional Events

Regional events at C*Sci 2022 provided opportunities for building connection and exploring big ideas close to home. Events included watch parties, networking events, and even coordinated BioBlitz. Read more about our 2022 regional events here.

C*Sci 2022 Regional Event Hosts:

  • Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute, Center for Healthy Air Water and Soil
  • University of West Florida
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension; Texas Parks and Wildlife; Lights Out Texas
  • Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Community Scientists Network of Nebraska
  • The Land Institute, KU Commons, Lawrence Public Library
  • Washington DC Area Citizen Science Network and the Center fro Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health at University of Maryland
  • Natural History Museum of Utah
  • UNL Department of Entomology, Nebraska Game and Parks; Community Scientists of Nebraska Network
  • Nebraska Master Naturalists; Community Scientists of Nebraska Network
  • Stone Living Lab; MassBays Estuary Partnership; Earthwise Aware; UMass Boston; Brandeis University
  • Pacific Northwest Citizen Science organizers from the Washington Invasive Species Council, Western Invasives Network, Washington State University and Woodland Park Zoo
  • Cooper Public Science Lab at NC State University
  • MN Citizen Science Network; University of Minnesota Extension
  • UC Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science; The Citizen Science Project (California State University Bakersfield)
Photo from Pacific North West regional event courtesy of Katie Ramine