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Working with Communities and Citizen Scientists
Whether you are working to protect/restore a local habitat, a watershed, or a large regional environmental project, effective community involvement and engagement will be key to your success. Community involvement can take many forms from a project championed by one local voice, to the dedication of an active community group and municipality, or to multiple municipalities working as part of a network composed of federal and state agencies and non-profit organizations. This session will highlight tools and techniques designed to build local capacity and case studies showcasing the importance of community and citizen scientist involvement.

Presentations will:
• debut an online "toolkit" designed to support coastal residents and citizen scientists who identify problems with their local coastal environment and have an interest in transforming the idea into a project;
• demonstrate the impact of a highly engaged community on the success of a watershed planning and restoration project;
• describe a multi-community partnership that is serving as a model for regional coordination for cost-effective, nature based shoreline management;
• present a case study of a non-profit organization that looked to the unique needs of a community and successfully provided the added capacity, funds and speed needed to continue to grow and expand the project; and
• illustrate what has worked, and what hasn't, when it comes to engaging people in participatory citizen science. Participants will leave the presentation with a better idea of how to best use their limited time and resources to get the engagement results they want with technology in citizen science.
Coastal Ecological Restoration – General