“Anyone can be a citizen scientist, regardless of where they’re from. It doesn't matter how old you are or what your background is. All it takes is some time, curiosity, and a sense of wonder.” - U.S National Park Service
What Is A Citizen Scientist?
Citizen Scientists are interested members of the public, volunteers who participate in scientific research by collecting data, observing events, analyzing results and helping solve real problems. Citizen scientists help scientists identify galaxies, count birds and take water samples. In short, citizen science is science that makes important contributions to local, state and national communities.
A Regional Partnership:Growing Our Citizen Science Network
Planet Earth Observatory is expanding our ability to mitigate the effects of climate change around Los Angeles by encouraging the public to use healthy soils practices in backyard gardens, balconies, decks and containers. We are partnering with Cal State Chico on a research project that aims to determine the optimal planting dates for a cover crop of fava beans throughout the diverse landscapes of California, Oregon, and Nevada. Community participants are asked to plant seed in a small garden bed, record fava growth data, take photographs, and help expand their fava bean recipe book. No prior gardening experience or expertise is required - you'll get advice along the way. Plus, it’s free to join! Contact Planet Earth Observatory (see address, below) or Dr. Kyle Brasier at Cal State Chico. https://www.favabeanresearch.com/seed-request
Data from a student-installed weather station at the Huntington Ranch is available to the public.