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The Urban Ecology Center's Community Science Program serves as a meaningful bridge between academic research and the community-at-large. The program creates collaborative spaces for research between professional and community scientists and creates a more engaged, knowledgeable and ecologically literate community. The Center maintains a network of urban field stations in which all research is accessible to and advised by both community and professional researchers.

Community members conduct cutting-edge research, from studying the physiology and phenology of migrating birds to discovering the winter quarters of threatened snakes. Community Scientists monitor and research bats, bugs, plants, snakes, turtles, mice, people and a host of other critters!

Professional Consultation

Butler's Garter Snake being measured on a board

Learn how we study snakes, birds, and other animals living in the greenspaces we manage from Tim Vargo Manager of Research and Community Science

$200/hour; ideal for groups of 4-12 people.

Connect with professionals at the Urban Ecology Center to learn how to empower your organization to be a catalyst for positive change in your community via the Urban Ecology Center model. Engage directly with our department heads to ask questions and participate in hands on activities to learn how we do what we do and how you can to! Relevant departments may include:

  • Land Stewardship and Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Research and Community Science
  • Outdoor Adventure Equipment Lending and Urban Adventure Programming
  • Eco-Friendly Event Planning and Hosting
  • Green Architecture and Sustainable Building
  • Other topics may be available upon request

To set up a consultation, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details or to set up a visit!

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