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Join Professional Networks

There are several groups and networks that you can join to connect with other science engagement professionals who have an interest in community science practice.

Join our free online community of practice to host discussions, share resources, and connect with other science engagement professionals interested in community science. You do not need to be an ASTC member to participate.

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North American Association of Environmental Education

NAAEE’s mission is to accelerate environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more sustainable future. Anyone can join eePRO—NAAEE’s free online global community of environmental education (EE) professionals—where you can connect with others, discuss specific topics in Groups pages, participate in professional development opportunities, and find and post resources, events, and jobs. NAAEE has a number of offerings that may be of interest to community science practitioners, such as their Environmental Issues Forums and their ee360 initiative, which produced the Community Engagement Guidelines for Excellence [link to Library] and also hosts the Civics and Environmental Change Fellowship.

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National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD), a membership network of more than 700 individuals and organizations, works to help communities have more productive dialogues in order to tackle today’s most pressing challenges. Founded in 2002 as a coalition of 50 organizations, NCDD was created to address the clear need for collaboration and learning about Dialogue & Deliberation among practitioners across different disciplines. The resulting organization and Community of Practice continues to work across four main categories to this day: 1) maintaining a resource and news clearinghouse; 2) developing new resources to educate the public and Dialogue & Deliberation community about Dialogue & Deliberation work; 3) developing a vibrant community of practice; and 4) serving as a facilitative leader and convener in the community.

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National Informal STEM Education Network

The National Informal STEM Education Network—or the NISE Network—is a community of thousands of informal science educators and scientists across the U.S. who share resources, ideas, and experiences with each other. The NISE Network has long been active in developing models for engaging the public in current science and technology topics, and has spearheaded design and research around public forums and science cafes. Two initiatives of note include Building with Biology and Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities. Anyone who takes part in NISE Network activities and uses their free resources is considered part of the network! NISE Network project teams create resources and coordinate activities nationally and regionally, while partner organizations implement project activities locally, generating new ideas and learning. Learn how to get involved.

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Public Lab

Public Lab is a platform for community science practitioners working on environmental issues to document their work, share tools for environmental monitoring and advocacy, and connect with each other. The Public Lab community is open and free for anyone to join, and Public Lab community members can add their own project page to document their methods and share expertise with others. Public Lab also hosts regular engagement events to discuss environmental issues, hear presentations on research, discuss advocacy methodology, and develop resources together. Learn more and join.

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