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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.

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a spectacular place to observe and record plant phenology. This trail spans from Mexico to Canada, and traverses the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain ranges at elevations up to 13,159ft. Importantly, the PCT spans the physiological limits of many species, allowing researchers to directly test how climate impacts species across their ranges. Our volunteers survey the flowering status of several species of plants in predetermined sites while hiking the PCT. Because of the number of hikers that pass these sites on a daily basis, a continual stream of phenology observations is generated that would be impossible for researchers to generate on their own. A pilot project version of Walking with Wildflowers is funded by the National Science Foundation.

This pilot project involves setting up sites along the PCT in Yosemite, Crater Lake and North Cascades National Park, as well as starting to recruit hikers and record initial phenology data. This work was funded as part of study determining how a widespread species (Mimulus guttatus) has adapted to use photoperiod cues to time flowering across its species range and potential implications for adaptation to future climates. Walking with Wildflowers is a collaboration between scientists at several research institution and the USA National Phenology Network.

Pacific Coast Trail
Partner Website:
First Observation:
06/2018

Warren Wilson College Phenology Stewardship Program at Wayne State Campus in Detroit, MI are using Nature's Notebook to incorporate phenology and citizen science into lab exercises to give students a chance to participate and learn about "real world" science for undergraduate students, accompanied by lab instructors. They plan to develop a strong database of observations for use in classes but also for site planning and maintenance. They plan regular trips out to specified plants with lab classes, plus time on their own required as part of long-term assignment; class analysis of data from our site and possibly others; we hope to establish some demonstration gardens this fall, so they would be included in the monitoring and that would provide very good information about those sites; also work with our student group, the Detroit Biodiversity Network, to monitor various species, like peregrine falcons, year round.

Also there is a collaboration with colleagues at neighboring institutions (Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, and East Tennessee State University) as part of a National Science Foundation project aimed at using course-based botanical research modules to study the responses of southern Appalachian plant communities to climate change. One of our projects involves developing a set of phenology-based curricular materials. Nature's Notebook will help students learn about citizen science and gain proficiency organizing and analyzing large data sets. They have established a phenology trail on campus and are currently establishing two phenology gardens (one garden for exposed species and another for forest understory species). They will be monitoring the same species at each institution in their network.

Detroit, MI
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
03/2017

Washington Square Park Eco Projects in Manhattan, New York City, NY is using Nature's Notebook to collect plant phenology data on a long-term basis and educate our park users about the plants and phenology.

Manhattan, New York City
NY
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
02/2019

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC is using Nature's Notebook our students to collect enough data to look for trends and we aim to answer "Are trees on our campus changing leaf color earlier each year?"

Cullowhee
NC
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:
First Observation:
09/2013

This Local Phenology Program supports the Pesky Plant Trackers campaign.

Becker
MN

Weir Farm NHP in Wilton, CT, is using Nature's Notebook to establish baselines and information for our region.

We are using Nature's Notebook to track seasonal changers and will use the data to help predict timing of seasonal events.

Wellesley
MA
First Observation:
02/2022

Wells Reserve in Wells, Maine is committed to research, education, stewardship and community engagement. Phenology monitoring with Nature's Notebook is used to fill a gap in our monitoring research, provide information to steward the land and engage their volunteer community.

Wells, Maine
Partner Website:
First Observation:
04/2019

West Lambert Lane Park is using Nature's Notebook with the Tucson Phenology Trail to offer Oro Valley residents a safe outdoor activity in existing parks and hiking trails that will introduce them to citizen science activities that can be used to monitor the local environment.

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

BIOS 1620 at Western Michigan University is aiming to get students outside more often, to observe the world around them. This is done in part by creating a six week lecture & laboratory activity around the teachings of phenology, citizen science, and climate change, for students will gain perspective on the changing world and the campus around them.

Kalamazoo
MI
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.

This group supports the Pesky Plant Trackers campaign.

Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Areain Valencia County, NM is using Nature's Notebook as a part of the Rio Grande Phenology Trail with a long-term goal to collect and record data to study focused trends of plant and animal species.

Valencia County
NM
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
07/2015

WILD School Sites - Northwest Ohio is a part of the OHIO Wild project. Teachers have been expressing a need for citizen science opportunities to use at their schools and/or their WILD School Sites. Nature's Notebook will give students and teachers a chance to create their own science questions and decide what data to gather from their school. The group is committed to helping students learn more about hands-on science through conservation education curriculums, and Nature's Notebook will be a serve in this process.

Findlay
OH
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
02/2019

Wildlife District 4 is a part of the OHIO Wild project. Teachers have been expressing a need for citizen science opportunities to use at their schools and/or their WILD School Sites. Nature's Notebook will give students and teachers a chance to create their own science questions and decide what data to gather from their school. The group is committed to helping students learn more about hands-on science through conservation education curriculums, and Nature's Notebook will be a serve in this process.

Oxford
OH
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
02/2019

City College of San Francisco runs Wild SF!--California Naturalist Certification Course, a program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension to foster eco-literacy, focusing on both the urban and wild ecology of the San Francisco Bay Area. Upon completion of the course, students will acquire skills in ecological observation and study, interpretation, citizen science, and service learning. The course combines a rigorous science curriculum with guest lecturers, field trips and project-based learning to immerse you in the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.

California Naturalists Certification Course in San Francisco highlighting the diversity of our urban and natural ecological communities. They are using Nature's Notebook to have an ongoing project over time that follows animal and plant phenology across the city.

San Francisco, CA
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
Partner Website:

Since 2017, Wildflower Watch has worked with hundreds of citizen scientists to collect phenology data in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE). This project was inspired by the work of Dr. Frank Craighead who made phenology observations in the 1970s and wrote the popular book For Everything There Is a Season. We are building on his legacy and collecting contemporary observations in the same locations as Craighead, as well as other locations throughout the GYE. Already we have noticed many plants blooming up to 3 weeks earlier than first observed in the 1970s. Please reach out to Trevor.Bloom@tnc.org to get involved and learn about free learning opportunities. Wildflower Watch is lead in partnership with USANPN by The Nature Conservancy and Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative.

Cody, Jackson, and surrounding Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE)
WY
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
04/2018

Wildlife District 4 is a part of the OHIO Wild project. Teachers have been expressing a need for citizen science opportunities to use at their schools and/or their WILD School Sites. Nature's Notebook will give students and teachers a chance to create their own science questions and decide what data to gather from their school. The group is committed to helping students learn more about hands-on science through conservation education curriculums, and Nature's Notebook will be a serve in this process.

Athens
OH
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
02/2019

We are using Nature's Notebook to enable volunteers to add vegetation monitoring to a community-wide march monitoring network. Data from this project will contribute to understanding of local marsh health. 

Georgetown
SC
First Observation:
02/2022

BIOS 1620 at Western Michigan University is aiming to get students outside more often, to observe the world around them. This is done in part by creating a six week lecture & laboratory activity around the teachings of phenology, citizen science, and climate change, for students will gain perspective on the changing world and the campus around them.

Kalamazoo
MI
This LPP is working with students.
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
03/2018

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