Join in on the fun at the next New Mexico PBS Science Café on May 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Deb Novak as she discusses citizen science from 10 a.m. to noon in the STEM Theater at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

Novak, who is the chief of education at the Museum, will also discuss data and the importance of specimen collections. Additionally, a segment of PBS’ The Crowd & the Cloud will be shown. A discussion with Novak follows.

The movement of citizen science has gathered momentum over the years, as scientists and the public recognize that everyone can make a meaningful contribution to scientific research. Engaging the public to identify and record plants and animals gives scientists information on an area’s environmental health which is just as substantial as natural history museum collections. If we want to maintain our biodiversity, we must identify and understand our past and present environment. 

Admission to the NM PBS Science Café is free, but a reservation is required. Seats are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. To RSVP or for additional information, visit the website or contact Rose Poston, community outreach coordinator, NM PBS Education & Outreach Department at (505) 277-2396 or 

Also that day, NMPBS has an exhibit booth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NM Science Fiesta Expo in Tiguex Park near 18th Street and Explora in Old Town. Admission is free and includes hands-on activities from PBS Kids series. For more information visit the website.

For updates on the New Mexico PBS Science Café, and local and national science, nature and technology programs, visit the online community web portal called Science Central.