Citizen science is a global movement through which scientists and non-scientists alike make observations, collect data, and help answer some of our planet's most pressing questions.

To protect biodiversity, we need to know more about it. Academy scientists travel the globe in their efforts to learn more, but they can’t be everywhere—we need your help!

Citizen scientists' collective observations of plants and animals, wherever they're found, are beginning to creating an important global record: what biodiversity is found where, how healthy populations are, and what's changing in the environment. By crowd-sourcing this kind of data collection and analysis, the citizen science movement helps science to answer some of the biggest questions we face today. 

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Academy Projects

All of the projects we work on are grounded in connecting communities to nature and protecting local diversity. We aim to better understand our world in order to work toward policy change, all while supporting a local community of naturalists. 

Learn more about our Bay Area projects, biodiversity surveys, and grassroots bioblitzes—what we've found, why we're looking, and how to get involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Join a bioblitz

Bioblitzes

Join us for a grassroots bioblitz! We gather at local parks to find and document as many species as possible.

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City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people. Do you want to help the Bay Area win in 2019? Join us!

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Snapshot Cal Coast

Snapshot Cal Coast is a California statewide effort to document our coastal biodiversity and create a "snapshot" in time of where species are located along our coast. So dig out your rubber boots and come join us in the tidepools!

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Join iNaturalist

Join iNaturalist

Our bioblitzes are powered by iNaturalist, our in-house, citizen science platform. It's a community-powered website and app that makes it easy to upload and share your observations in the field and to get help from other users with flora and fauna IDs.