**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>

On April 23rd and 24th, representatives from 18 of the Central Coast citizen science groups gathered with marine protected areas and the staff of the Ocean Science Trust. Our objectives for the meeting were to develop guidance for connecting citizen science with MPA monitoring and to build community around citizen science in the Central Coast. The workshop fits into our broader efforts around citizen science as follows:

The workshop was an important milestone in the Ocean Science Trust’s California Citizen Science Initiative (CCSI). The goal of this initiative is to identify organizational models for citizen science that can contribute to sustained, useful and cost-effective MPA monitoring efforts, and to apply and test this knowledge through the process of implementing ongoing MPA monitoring in California’s Central Coast region.

Read the workshop summary.