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Historic Lilac at the Santa Rita Experimental Range, Green Valley, Arizona

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L. Barnett

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.eXtension

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.

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:

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