I’m thrilled to be presenting at the March 4 Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium at the Long Beach Aquarium. My presentation will cover why it’s important to link citizen science programs with high school community service programs. In addition to consulting for nonprofits and government, I teach a high school leadership class, and advise on developing innovative community service programs. Here’s my abstract:
As a teacher and nonprofits advisor, I’ve embraced citizen science as a means of community service for high school students, and a number of my students regularly participate in Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County wildlife hunts. Citizen science presents a unique opportunity for high schools and their students to engage in service. The data and observational contributions students make through citizen science are framed as a means to enhance their communities and inform decisions by policy makers as well as conservation efforts. More than community service, citizen science is service learning. Students learn about science while completing their service and gain skills that that they can share with others when engaged in citizen science programs. Connecting with high schools through their community service programs is also a great way for citizen science programs to expand their outreach, impact, and longevity.
To learn more about the day-long symposium and register, go HERE.