Community science, or the involvement of the public in expanding scientific knowledge and understanding, is becoming more and more widespread in environmental and public health programs at the local, state, and national levels. The use of community-collected data to help address environmental issues presents both opportunities and challenges for government agencies. This session will showcase results from an EPA-funded project at the Environmental Law Institute that is assessing how different state and tribal environmental programs use community science. Panelists will review and discuss a diverse set of state and tribal case studies. The goals are to: 1) learn about different types of state and tribal community science programs that can serve as models; 2) analyze different programs’ operations and best practices, and; 3) engage the audience in their ideas for how EPA, states and tribes can better partner on community science programs. Panelists will include state and tribal leaders responsible for managing programs with expertise in the data collection process and subsequent data management needs.