Whether you’re leading a one-time educational activity, or you’re developing a year-round science-based curriculum with recurring monitoring activities, you’ll find several valuable resources on this page.
Suitable for elementary classrooms to college labs to interpretive programs at national parks, these phenology-based educational activities can be implemented for just about any age and experience level.
Each resource is written for activity leaders, is easy to modify to accommodate additional educational topics, and includes the necessary materials to run the activity.
Interactive games and activities for any audience
Flight of the Pollinators (1.5MB)
Phenology Relay Race (735KB)
Pulse of the Planet
Developed in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, this 45-minute program will give you the tools to share phenology with all ages. Or download the program that's tailored for 4th grade students. Through hands on activities and real-life examples, “Pulse of the Planet,” demonstrates the relevance of phenology in our changing world. This presentation can be given inside or outside with slight adjustments.
Standards-aligned lesson plans (aimed at 5th grade, adaptable for others)
These two lesson plans are designed to teach students everything they’ll need to know to observe plant phenology and record data for the USA National Phenology Network. Written for phenology gardens, these activities can be conducted in any outdoor setting. Lesson Plan I engages students in using their senses to make and record observations about the environment. Students then adopt plants for future activities. Lesson Plan II engages students in observing plant phenology, culminating in recording phenological observations from their adopted plants for the USA National Phenology Network. This second lesson plan can then be repeated frequently for phenological monitoring, with additional activities (above and below) taking place afterward.
Basic observational skills for young scientists