Plankton Research-FLOW Citizen Scientist

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Amigos De Bolsa Chica

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Want to help protect our oceans and wetlands? Become a FLOW volunteer!

What is FLOW?

FLOW, which stands for Follow and Learn about the Ocean and Wetlands, is Amigos de Bolsa Chica’s Citizen Science Program. This is an exciting opportunity for members of the community to learn more about coastal ecology, to participate in the collection of scientific data and to get involved in environmental quality monitoring efforts. Anyone interested in participating of this program is encouraged to sign up for training to become a volunteer!

What do FLOW volunteers do?

FLOW volunteers receive extensive and continuous training on how to research plankton. The Plankton Citizen Science Program consists of weekly plankton collections at specific sampling stations. FLOW volunteers learn how to properly collect water and plankton and how to analyze the samples collected. FLOW Citizen Scientists collect plankton samples utilizing plankton nets. They measure and record water quality variables (such as temperature, salinity, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH) and other environmental data (such as weather and wind conditions and tide height) in support of the analysis of the plankton which is done under the microscope. FLOW Plankton Citizen Scientist are also asked to assist with school programs and teach students how to collect and analyze plankton and water quality,

* FLOW shifts occur every Friday. FLOW volunteers are required to serve a minimum of 2 shifts a month. FLOW shifts typically last about 2 hours.

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Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center Beach, CA 92647



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Science


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 12
  • Orientation or Training
  • Only 2 Shifts a Month-About 4 hours a month

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