Nature’s Notebook

Connecting People with Nature to Benefit Our Changing Planet

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Create a local project in your community to generate local enthusiasm and connect like-minded organizations!

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LoriAnne Barnett

Start a Local Project

If you are interested in what’s happening to plant and animal populations in your community, either on a seasonal or long-term basis, turn your interest into a valuable community science project. 

Nature’s Notebook is a great tool for answering questions about the timing of plant and animal life cycle events. Projects looking at pollination, fruit harvesting and leaf fall are emerging at schools, parks and nature centers across the country. It is also an excellent way to teach observation skills and conduct hands-on, experiential and place-based education.  

There are many different ways to get started, from training others, to creating a phenology monitoring group, to starting a phenology trail in your town.  Every effort is a little bit different! Let us if you have questions or need help, at partners@usanpn.org.


Host a Workshop

Use our workshop materials to train others on the meaning of phenology, how it relates to ecology and climate, the data collection process, and how phenology is used in programs across the US. 

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Set Up a Shared Site

We offer the capacity for many observers to collect data at the same sites, and on the same plants and animal species.

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Webinars for Local Phenology Leaders »


Start a Phenology Trail

A phenology trail is a network of Nature's Notebook observation sites. Linked together, these sites provide the participant with places to visit, enjoy nature, collect data, and learn about supporting organizations. Phenology trails are also excellent community engagement tools, designed to develop local partnerships.

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