Nature Needs You – Be A Community Scientist!


Today’s technology allows just about anyone to make meaningful contributions to science, by making and recording simple observations of natural phenomena, such as birds, wildflowers, fungi, insects, roadkills (yes, roadkills!), king tides, astronomical patterns, and more. 

This class will focus on why community science matters now more than ever, how to optimize your impact, and how to use online tools to best advantage. We will spend time gathering natural history data in the field, and time ‘back in the lab’ entering some of that data into the online databases iNaturalist and eBird. To prepare for this class, please visit those websites ahead of time to set up your personal accounts, and bring along your own electronic device. 

Good to Know

1. Heavy rain cancels, as most class activities take place outdoors.  Dress in layers for variable weather.

2. Classes may involve 1-2 miles of gentle walking.

3. Masks are optional unless Santa Clara County enters a high risk level.


All Classes in the Seasonal Cycles Natural History Series are $30/person.

If you are an individual planning to take 4 classes in the series, you can sign-up for the Seasonal Cycles Natural History Series Bundle on the previous page for $100 for any four classes.

Who Is This For?

Motivated students of nature, of any age.  Children 12 and younger need to be accompanied by a registered adult.