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Student Citizen Scientists: Fostering BIG PICTURE Connections

When the tide is very low along the California coast you will sometimes find students on their knees intently getting up close and personal with anemones, urchins and crabs living in the tidepools. This isn’t an ordinary field trip. These students are collecting critical data—essential information that informs the understanding and the longitudinal changes to our ecosystems. Their work helps both scientists and elected officials make more informed decisions about coastal habitats along the CA coast.