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Phenology, Citizen Science, and Cooperative Extension
Nature's Notebook is an effective tool for education and outreach in a variety of Cooperative Extension programs.
Nature's Notebook is an excellent learning tool for Master Gardener (MG), Master Naturalist (MN), Master Watershed (MWS), and Family Forest Owners. Collecting data for Nature's Notebook has been identified as a "project of interest" by Extension Agents because it wholistically teaches many overarching concepts, such as ecology, and basic skills for certification. It can also be an excellent mentoring tool between adult volunteers and middle- and high-school aged 4-H youth, providing an activity for engagement with science and observation. Nature's Notebook is a useful tool for community engagement and partnership with other agencies.
USA-NPN is enthusiastic to collaborate with educators, researchers, citizen science networks, and conservation groups to implement the Nature’s Notebook program through Extension across the country. Please contact the USA-NPN National Coordinating Office's Education Coordinator, LoriAnne Barnett, for more information about how to get started.
Volunteer training resources for implementation in Extension programming can be found on our Partner Resources page.
Visit the eXtension Climate, Forests, and Woodlands or Extension Master Gardener websites for more information. If you are Extension staff, join the eXtension Citizen Science Community of Practice.
View the workshop presentation delivered at the 2012 Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals Conference in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
View the presentation given to the ANREP Climate Science Initiative (CSI) group on June 7, 2012.
View the phenology class for the Pima Master Gardener training course delivered on January 29, 2013 and April 23, 2013, or Pima Master Gardener training course 3 delivered on January 21, 2014 and April 22nd, 2014.
View the Signs of the Seasons and Nature's Notebook: Focus on Phenology results talk delivered on February 26, 2013.
- Check out the phenology curriculum created by the Signs of the Seasons group in Maine for 4-H and other Youth Development programs in the Nature's Notebook Curriculum section.
- Learn about opportunities for citizen science programming in 4-H sponsored by our friends at Cornell's Citizen Science Central
- Join the eXtension Citizen Science Community of Practice
Extension Phenology Working Group
Several states are utilizing Nature's Notebook in local programs. We are intersted in forming an Extension Phenology Working Group to share resources and develop curriculum. If you are interested in being a part of this effort, contact us.
Here is a list of Extension Professionals currently implementing Nature's Notebook in a variety of settings:
|Arizona||Peter Warren||Pima County ANR Agent||University of Arizona Cooperative Extension|
|Florida||Will Sheftall||Leon County NR Agent||University of Florida Cooperative Extension|
|Florida||Lara Miller||Pinellas Cournty NR Agent||University of Florida Cooperative Extension|
|Ohio||Denise Ellsworth||Honey Bee and Naitve Pollinator Educator||OSU Extension, Dept. of Entomology, OSU Phenology Gardens|
|Maine||Esperanza Stancioff||Climate Change Educator||University of Maine Cooperative Extension/Maine Sea Grant - Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Program|
|New Hampshire||Alyson Eberhardt||Coastal Ecosystems Extension Specialist||New Hampshire Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension|
|Utah||Marion Murray||Integrated Pest Management Extension Associate||Utah State Cooperative Extension|
Journal of Extension Article about Cooperative Extension and Nature's Notebook
Other Extension Phenology Efforts:
- My Minnesota Woods, University of Minnesota
Extension Phenology Publications
Phenology, Karen Delahaut, U Wisconsin-Madison Fresh Market Vegetable Program
Signs of the Seasons: A Maine Phenology Program, Esperanza Stancioff, U Maine