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Active Local Phenology Networks

Here you will find our list of Local Phenology Programs using Nature's Notebook. If a group listed has a blank entry or is missing information, they have not updated their information with our USA-NPN NCO staff in 2019.

Click here to view a map of all of our Certified Local Phenology Leaders.

If you are a Local Phenology Leader who would like to complete or update your LPPs listing, please contact groups@usanpn.org.

Smithsonian Gardens has established a Nature's Notebook group monitoring plants within the Smithsonian Museum grounds through contributions by staff and volunteers. Smithsonian Gardens strives to engage, inspire, and inform the public through horticultural displays and educational programming. SG would like this data to contribute to our long-term collection management, visitor outreach, and scientific research.

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First Observation:
04/2019

Scarsdale Union Free School District has started a group in Nature's Notebook called SMS Phenology to participate in Greenwave tree monitoring activity.

NY
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
11/2018

The Mission of the garden is to inspire an appreciation & understanding of the beauty & value of Asian & California native plants, and to promote their conservation in natural habitats & gardens. The garden had a name change from Quarryhill to Sonoma Botanical Garden. We have expanded the scope of the project to Quercus douglasii in the natural habitat of the property outside of the 25 acre Asian garden with four specific tree genus being observed. Malus sieboldii, Cornus kousa, Diospyros lotus & Magnolia stellata.Sonoma Botanical Garden has been observing four tree species for since 2015 using Nature's Notebook. The species are Cornus kousa, Magnolia stellata, Malus sieboldii and Diospyros lotus.

Glen Ellen
CA
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First Observation:
02/2015

Stetson Biology is using Nature's Notebook to give students the opportunity to collect field data and compare their data with data from other sites.

This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
09/2017

Sunnyside High School is using Nature's Notebook to help students observe the natural world around them and be involved in citizen science.

Tucson
AZ
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
08/2019

SUNY Geneseo is a part of the New York Phenology Project reporting data on phenology in their campus Spencer J. Roemer Arboretum, including documenting differences in phenology between the native and invasive shrubs. Ultimately they plan to create a phenology trail that includes other sites on campus and in the village. Students and community volunteers are collecting the records starting with monitoring Amur honeysuckle and gray dogwood, but plan to expand to other invasive shrubs and native trees and may eventually include some perennial wildflowers as well.

This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
10/2016

We are using Nature's Notebook to create a phenology club dedicated to the trail, have the trail be used in student and faculty research.

Oneonta
NY
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
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Talawanda Environment and Natural Sciences Club group is using Nature's Notebook with their group Talawanda Natural Areas in Oxford, Ohio observing at the natural areas surrounding our high school. We aim to get students involved in citizen science by observing with Nature's Notebook to record and organize collected data in one location, while contributing to a larger body of data that will provide evidence for climate change effects.

Oxford
OH
This LPP is working with students.

Tacoma Community College's Nature's Notebook group TCC Botany Back 40 Phenophase Group would like to see if flowering, fruit, leaf-out timing is shifting as climate changes and have students know their data is contributing to nationwide phenological data efforts.

Tacoma, WA
This LPP is working with students.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
04/2018

Texas A and M AgriLife Research Station – Sonora is using Nature's Notebook to record data on Sideoats Grama (BOCU) and Ashe Juniper (JUAS) being monitored on research ranch in unburned plots in Sonora, TX for general research and educational purposes.

Sonora
TX
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
07/2018

The science question for The Environmental Sentinel of The 606 is "How will Lake Michigan affect the bloom times of temperature sensitive blooming trees planted the 2.7 mile length of The 606 trail?" Phenology observations will be made by staff of The Trust for Public Land, adults trained to serve as lead volunteers, teachers and their students, as well as visitors to the trail as part of workshops, pop-up programs and community engagement. Observations will be taken on Amelanchier X grandiflora - Autumn Brilliance, common lilacs - forsythia and pollinators. 

Chicago
OH

For the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York Since being recognized as an accredited arboretum in 2015, the mission of Green-Wood Cemetery is beginning to fully incorporate the natural landscape as a focus of education, conservation, and research. Nature's Notebook fills their need for a standardized data collection method and a way observe phenological trends over time.

Brooklyn, New York
Partner Website:
First Observation:
09/2017

The Morton Arboretum is looking at comparison of phenological timing and climate sensitivity of different taxa from specific genera (e.g. Quercus, Acer) or regions (e.g. Midwest). We use Nature's Notebook as an engagement tool for volunteers and education/outreach. They will be monitoring a number of species in the Nature's Notebook database, but will also have many species which are not included and will also be curating a local database for these additional species. Our observers will begin by monitoring  accessioned individuals in flagship collections (Oaks, Maples, Tilias, Magnolias) then expand to include naturally-occurring forest herbs, shrubs ad trees in woodlands in Lisle, IL (Chicago region).

Lisle
IL
First Observation:
03/2017

The Orchard School in Indianapolis, IN is using Nature's Notebook to engage students with phenology as part of our outdoor education program.

Indianapolis
IN
This LPP is working with students.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2021

Open to all Pennsylvania residents. Help us fill the data gap for Pennsylvania. If you have planted pollinator gardens, native gardens, are fighting invasives, or just want to know more about the species you live with, join us.

Ligonier
PA
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
04/2021

Tohono Chul is using Nature's Notebook as a member of the Tucson Phenology Trail.

Oro Valley
AZ

The school phenology trail will cover 9 of the 19 plants of the Tohono Chul Public Phenology Trail that have interesting phenophases during the school year, as well as 9 animals usually present during the school year that use the 9 plants. The school phenology tour is being paired with an existing Tohono Chul school tour called Clever Plants that focuses on plant adaptation to desert conditions. The addition of phenology content will extend the focus to climate change.

We are piloting the School Phenology Tour with the students in the Center for Academically Talented Student Program of Flowing Wells School District who will make phenology observations at Tohono Chul Park this spring. In Year 2, we would like to recruit other schools and refine the school phenology tour.

Oro Valley
AZ
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
03/2021

Tohono Chul is a private non-profit 501©3 and our mission is to to enrich people’s lives by connecting them with the wonders of nature,art and culture in the Sonoran Desert region and inspiring wise stewardship of the natural world.

Tohono Chul Public Phenology Tours will introduce park visitors to citizen science and phenology.

Oro Valley
AZ
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First Observation:
05/2019

Our group formed a Sierra Club Grassroots Network Campaign Pollinator Plant Project team 3 years ago and we are very interested in pollinator protection. We plan to contribute to Nature’s Notebook while observing pollinators and the plants on which they rely. Our short and long term goal is to get more families and individuals outdoors into the woods to walk on the trails and enjoy nature.

Columbus
Indiana
This LPP is working with students.

Tracking Plant Phenology at The Evergreen State College is using Nature's Notebook in their general biology and general botany classes for students to collect individual data on plant phenology. Students will also have the opportunity to learn science communication and
data analysis skills by analyzing class data and preparing a report describing the results of their observations.

Olympia WA
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
01/2018

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