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Craig Tufts

Chief Naturalist and Director of Citizen Science Programs for the National Wildlife Federation

Craig Tufts grew up in coastal New Jersey and then spent his college years in Ithaca at Cornell with a 2 year interlude as a Peace Corps Volunteer on Colombia's Caribbean coast. For the past 30 years, he's worked with National Wildlife Federation as chief naturalist, developing the Backyard, Schoolyard and Community Habitat efforts, as a land manager and now developing their Citizen Naturalist and Citizen Science efforts. His primary focus, Wildlife Watch, is a national nature treasure hunt designed to interest people of all ages to get out and observe the natural world.

It provides them with multiple ways to record their observations and consider becoming Citizen Scientists. Tufts lives at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in St. Louis, Virginia with his wife Jean and border collie. He is a birder, runner, native plant and bee enthusiast and gardener.

NWF's Nature Quest project as a Citizen Scientist Conveyor

The National Wildlife Federation is the nation's largest conservation and education organization with over 5 million members and other constituents. Known for its educational publications such as Ranger Rick, Your Big Backyard and NatureScope, the organization increasingly is expanding its advocacy efforts, especially in the area of global warming's impact on people and wildlife. NWF is also greatly increasing its work in the area of childhood nature deficit and the lack of contact with and knowledge of the natural world. Nature Quest is an umbrella of efforts linking our Citizen Science work with that of other organizations while providing events and activities that will lead families and especially children towards participatory natural science through our various Watches and related Citizen Scienc Programs. Craig Tufts will review NWF's current efforts and looks for constructive comments from other Toolkit Conference participants. 

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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