The explosive growth of citizen science has led to myriad independent projects in Minnesota and beyond. Here, we examine whether the field of citizen science would benefit from a center to coordinate efforts and help citizen science practitioners. We present results of a focus group–based needs assessment involving 52 practitioners active in citizen science. The main conclusions are that establishment of a center for citizen science would benefit efforts and that a statewide center should serve multiple functions. Though this process focused on Minnesota, we believe our findings and recommendations are applicable to and would benefit Extension efforts anywhere.
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Blair, R. B., Fortson, L., Anderson, A., & Strauss, A. (2018). Recommendations for the Creation of a Center for Citizen Science. The Journal of Extension, 56(4), Article 27. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.56.04.27