Day of Science and Service
On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Smith-Lever Act, which created the world’s first system connecting public higher education with citizen scientists in the pursuit of service to the land and its people. Smith-Lever was the beginning of the Cooperative Extension Service, which strongly tied service, science and citizen participation in scientific enterprises together.
To honor this tie between UC research and citizen science, we're asking all Californian's to become a scientist on May 8th and participate in a one-day science project.
Keep scrolling to find out more and to download resources to help you participate in the Day of Science and Service in your county.
Not sure what the Day of Science and Service is all about? Need ideas? Watch the webinar below to learn more.
We're turning to our local county offices, RECs, and campuses to help conduct outreach and recruit their partners and community members to participate in the Day of Science and Service. To support you in this, we've put together a few outreach templates that you can use.
In order to help you be most effective in your outreach efforts, we've included a few Spanish language materials. Please use the materials and templates below to reach out to Spanish speaking audiences.
Thanks to our statewide program staff, our county-based program reps will be receiving postcards as determined by the statewide programs. If you would like to order more postcards for your county, download the PDF below. You can send this to any vendor and they should be able to print the double-sided postcards for you.
Be sure to tell your printer this document has bleeds (meaning the color runs to the end of the paper) and the document has crop marks (telling the printer where to cut the paper).
Press Release Template
We're turning to you to help get the word out locally about our May 8th Day of Science and Service. To help, we've put together a sample press release template that you can use to send to local media outlets.
To use this template, download and open the document, update the press release to be specific for your county, and send it to your local media outlets. When sending be sure to include a brief email cover letter with the basics: who, what, when, where and why. It's also always good practice to follow up with the reporters a week or so after you send the press release, and make sure they received it and don't have any questions.
If you need any help or guidance, please contact Pam Kan-Rice.