Citizen Science Ecology Walk

Participate in national climate change research by observing the seasons and tracking nature's pulse. With Brian Haggerty, California Phenology Project, USA National Phenology Network.

In this citizen science ecology walk, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the seasons and collect data on seasonal phenomena with Nature’s Notebook, a nationwide climate change monitoring program designed by the USA National Phenology Network. Throughout the walk, which will go at a casual pace around the conference center, there will be stops for discussion on science, education, and the process of designing and implementing citizen science programs.

Whether you’re a scientist looking to recruit the public into your research program, an educator or program director interested in participatory and inquiry-based activities that generate real and useful data, or a community leader or activist wanting to monitor your local environment, you’ll gain practical knowledge about achieving your goals while also having fun observing nature. You’re also likely to pick up some new botanical and ecological knowledge along the way!

The citizen science ecology walk is led by Brian Haggerty, a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara who helped design and implement the USA National Phenology Network and the California Phenology Project. Brian has coordinated the development of environmental monitoring and education programs across California’s National Parks, the University of California Natural Reserve System, and botanic gardens, nature preserves, and K-12 and university campuses across the state.

Location: Meet at the World Cafe

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