The Museum is part of a $2.2 million international research project that aims to understand what youth gain from participating in natural history museum-led community science. The project will help us to better understand how to design community science projects, and help shape the next generation of science leaders!

The Learning and Environmental science Agency Research Network for Citizen Science (LEARNCitSci) is a 4-year research project funded through the Science Learning+ initiative, a partnership between the National Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust with the UK Economic and Social Research Council. This project is a collaboration between community science practitioners and learning researchers and is based at three natural history museums (NHMLA, NHMLA London, and California Academy of Sciences). Through ethnographic observations of participants (ages 5-19), the team will gain an understanding of how youth develop Environmental Science Agency. Our findings will help community science practitioners around the world design programs that can better educate, enable, and empower youth in science.

Want to be part of this ground-breaking international research?


- Attend one of our community science events

- Check out our programs listing and join one of our events. We’ll teach you all you need to know about using iNaturalist and you will explore nature in L.A. and contribute to real science.


- Participate online through the iNaturalist platform

- If you are already using iNaturalist, share your username with us. Join LEARNCitSci by emailing us your iNaturalist username so you can help us with vital data collection and research.

This research is a collaboration between learning researchers and community science practitioners at the following organizations:

- University of California Davis

Natural History Museum in London

California Academy of Sciences

Natural History Museum Los Angeles County

Open University

Oxford University

From Left to Right: Lila Higgins, Christothea Herodotou, Heidi Ballard, Alison Young, Déana Scipio, Annie Miller, Rebecca Johnson, Lucy Robinson, Julia Lorke, Jessie Jennewein, Harpreet Sanghera  

Our International Staff:

Heidi Ballard (Primary Investigator), Déana Scipio, Ryan Meyer (UC Davis, School of Education)

Lucy Robinson (Primary Investigator), Julia Lorke, Harpreet Sanghera (Natural History Museum, London)

Alison Young (Co-PI), Rebecca Johnson (Co-PI), Annie Miller (California Academy of Sciences)

Lila Higgins (Co-PI), Greg Pauly (Co-PI), Jessie Jennewein (Natural History Museum Los Angeles County)

Christothea Herodotou, Maria Aristeidou (Open University)

Grant Miller (Oxford University)


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