​​​​​​​​​​New Partnership

Citizen Artist and Ecological Society of America (ESA)

We are very excited to announce:  Citizen Artist™ is an Approved Scientific Content Provider for ESA's Certified Ecologist Program. 

If you are an ESA certified ecologist seeking CEUs, you can earn 2.25 CEUs by completing the 6-session Citizen Artist™ online course, 'Deep Immersion into ABPE.' Learn this transdisciplinary approach to scientific practices and ways of thinking and explore how they are expanding the boundaries of innovation and transformation at an individual and collective level. 
For more information about this partnership, go to:  ESA's Professional Certified Ecologist Program.

Citizen Artist™ -a participatory science research platform, employs Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) research methodologies to study

ecological systems change. With a focus on divergent ways of knowing, the non-conventional and integrative research methods (ABPE) are grounded in

multimodal knowledge systems and sensory-based learning and offer underrepresented populations an opportunity to get involved in science.

​The​​​​ Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program 

      If you are interested in an in-depth, focused, and one-on-one engagement with Dr. Woolery to learn Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methodologies and explore their application to your area of study, then the 9-month Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program will be a good fit for you. Either virtually or in-person, study alongside Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, who pioneered Art-Based Perceptual Ecology research methodologies. 
      The Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program follows a rolling start date to coincide with your scheduling needs. 
It is highly recommended that you complete one of the 'Citizen Artist™ courses or other trainings first before starting the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program. However, we do make exceptions. If you have previous studies or experience in the natural sciences or environmental studies you would be a perfect fit for the Apprenticeship. There is no need for an art background or art experience to enroll in the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship Program. Click HERE for more details on the Citizen Artist™ Apprenticeship ProgramOr send your contact info and questions  HERE. 

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Employing art-based perceptual ecology research methodologies, Dr. Lee Ann Woolery studies a mesquite bosque along the Santa Cruz River in SE Arizona, US. Engaged in a longitudinal art-based research study in concert with conventional Western science methods to record historical changes in vegetation in a riparian community, could provide outstanding results and contribute to the further understanding of biospheric changes at similar stream communities around the world. Mesquite bosques (small forests) reach their greatest development near desert rivers or where their long roots can reach groundwater. This rich woodland plant community supports a tremendous biodiversity of insects, birds, and mammals. 

Check out this article for more information on the ABPE methodology used in ecological research studies: Art-Based Perceptual Ecology: An alternative monitoring method in the assessment of rainfall and vegetation in a cienaga community.  By: Lee Ann Woolery, Ph.D.  Artizein - Arts & Teaching Journal  - Special Edition - Arts, Ecology & Education


"Dr. Woolery is so incredibly knowledgeable in this topic. Not only is her own experience and research vast but she is incredibly generous with her time."

"I feel strong connections between this methodology (Art-Based) and Indigenous methodologies and Decolonizing methodologies. I am currently seeing how I might bring everything together, how these methodologies (ABPE) might better support pedagogical research for Native and Indigenous students."


"On the topic of important differences between science-based and art-based qualitative research, the one that stands out most to me is that art-based includes different ways of knowing or understanding and recognizes that there are valuable truths in forms of knowledge that are typically outside the 'standard academic research' realms."

"Getting to know a plant form through its shadow was so engaging – the concentration put me in another zone."

"In this course, I was able to take a more creative approach to science that allowed me more flexibility than the science and data I have engaged in from a ‘western science’ angle. I will take that curiosity into my work in approaching research questions from a more creative and broader lens."

"This course was amazing and really mind-opening." 

"The ABPE methods spark creativity, fuel my curious mind, and lead to discovery. They opened my senses, heightened them and fine-tuned them."

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Hybrid format - experiential, virtual/live instruction, and discussion-based class.

The next 'Deep immersion into Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods'

online course will be offered again in Oct., Feb. and June.

What you will learn:

In this online and field-based experiential course, you will be introduced to Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) research methodologies, non-conventional field-based research methods grounded in multimodal knowledge systems, sensory-based learning and framed within ecological and biological principles. The ABPE methods and tools have application to studying changes in ecological systems, addressing such critical issues as biodiversity decline, habitat loss and effects from climate change. ABPE also proves successful addressing community-based eco-social issues. No need for an art background or art experience to practice ABPE.

Who is this course for?
PhD and graduate students, educators, participatory and community-based researchers, conservationists, environmental educators, leaders in community-based conservation. Anyone interested in 'other ways of knowing'. Art-based researchers, artists, and polymaths.

For more information on the course or answers to your questions about ABPE, go HERE and fill out the contact form.​