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You're invited to experience plants or animals you see all the time in a brand new way by joining Nature's Notebook.

Become an Observer

When you participate in the program, you’ll go outside to observe nature in your backyard or nearby area weekly and enter this information online.

Time commitment to...

Become an observer: About 10 minutes

Observe: About 2 minutes per individual plant or animal (once you’ve familiarized yourself with the program and learned how to observe). 

For assistance with getting started visit our Learn How to Observe page where you will find step-by-step instructions and video tutorials to help you through the process. 

Become an observer today in 3 steps:

1.Join Nature’s Notebook

2.Set up your account

  • Choose your site, the location where you want to observe, such as your backyard.
  • Select species from our Species List, or our Campaign Species, identifying individual plants or animals you want to observe.

3.Start observing!

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