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Active Local Phenology Programs

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.

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Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust is a part of Downeast Phenology Trail in Maine, is using Nature's Notebook to expand the geographic range of their phenology and bird migration project, which may turn into other projects as their data and program develop further. They also seek to inform local partners about the  importance of phenology data on their land and how they can help and contribute to their own conservation goals. Also they aim to engage volunteers and participants on how they can become involved and easily contribute to science by using Nature's Notebook.

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We at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park want to understand the phenology of our trees and how a changing climate may impact natural processes within the park. As a National Park, this land belongs to all who live here, and as such we want the general public to be engaged with the land and its unique ecosystems. We use Nature's Notebook to fill these needs by using their standarized protocols and data entry and visualizations to observe and track our data collection.

Asheville, NC
This LPP is working with under-served communities.

Harford Community College is using Nature's Notebook to acquire baseline phenophase data for their region near Bel Air, Maryland in order to conduct further phenological research.

Bel Air, MD
This LPP is working with students.

Wickenburg Outdoor Education is working with schools and a nature preserve in Wickenburg, AZ area to establish a multi-site phenology trail that can be used by the general public and by teachers as part of their STEM curriculum by establishing the Hassayampa Phenology Trail.


High Marq Environmental Charter School in Montello, Wisconsin is using Nature's Notebook to school needs to provide structure and purpose for students’ ongoing phenology observations. Their data should will then be in a usable format for researchers, including the students themselves, who will use the data.

Montello, Wisconsin
This LPP is working with students.

Indiana Phenology and Holliday Park are jointly sponsoring our project using Nature's Notebook to develop a network of site across Indiana to gather baseline data on phenology timing in Indiana.


Idaho Botanical Garden in Boise is a regional leader in sustainable horticulture practices and education, and use Nature's Notebook  generated data to articulate shifts in local phenology and their implications toward landscape suitability and resilience.

Boise, Idaho

Adult volunteers, largely graduates of the Tennessee Naturalist Certification Program, school groups, home school families, with nature center staff providing the support and training will contribute phenology data from Ijams Phenology Nature Center to a national database, engage volunteers, home school groups, puplic school youth, and summer day camp youth participants in citizen science. The group has two plots they are observing in Knoxville, TN:

Secret Pond Plot
Latitude: 35.95704, Longitude: -83.86986
(from google maps – 35.957141, -83.870236)

Tree List

  • Pignut Hickory, Carya glabra
  • Mockernut Hickory, Carya tomentosa
  • Northern Red Oak, Quercus rubra
  • Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
  • American Beech, Fagus gradifolia
  • Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum
  • Tulip Tree, Lirodendron

River Trail Plot
Latitude: 35.95719, Longitude: -83.86659

Tree List

  • Basswood, Tilia americana
  • Mockernut Hickory, Carya tomentosa
  • Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis
  • Spicebush, Lindera benzoin
  • White Oak, Quercus alba
  • Silverbell, Halesia tetraptera
  • Redbud, Cercis canadensis
  • Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum

Check out Ijam Phenology's 2019 Annual Report.

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

Central Indiana Phenology group is using Nature's Notebook to begin a long-term local phenology monitoring program utilizing Nature's Notebook's standardized protocols and infrastructure.

Indianapolis and surrounding areas

J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is using Nature's Notebook to monitor migrating bird species for approximate arrival and departure dates and monitor plant species in two different refuge locations to trace growth.


Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve is using Nature's Notebook to allow volunteers and school program participants to record observations. They aim to teach students about season change and monitor over time and see trends as a result of climate conditions and landscape maturation.

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

Lorain County Community College campus has established seven Specialty Gardens in their area in Ohio. Each garden is used for education of various levels. Nature's Notebook will be used to engage the younger audience and bring them fulfillment by contributing to science.

This LPP is working with students.

Leif Erikson Park in Duluth, Minnesota recieved funding to create a project with the goal to set up at least three phenology trails in Duluth that target similar plant species across a broad climatic gradient and develop resources to help citizen scientists understand their data in the context of larger databases. Nature’s Notebook provides the rigor and standardization needed to answer  questions about how climate change might affect our local plants, but also the accessibility for volunteers to add, view, and explore data using resources such as the visualization tools developed by the National Phenology Network.

Duluth, Minnesota
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Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge is using Nature's Notebook at their NWR in Reigon 2.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Education in Richmond, VA is using Nature's Notebook to help the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden community understand that it can contribute to climate change research by participating in phenology citizen science activities.

Richmond, VA

Little River Wetlands Project has an active and dedicated volunteer base, many who take weekly (or more frequent) hikes on the preserves and would like to start tracking the seasonal changes on the properties in Fort Wayne, IN to monitor the impacts of climate change and to make that data available for future projects. Nature's Notebook offers a great way to start collecting those observations in a centralized location and will assist in tracking what is happening on their properties, and also add to the national database.

Fort Wayne, IN

Livingston High School in Livingston, NJ is using Nature's Notebook to engage students in citizen science and have the students complete observations year after year. Data collection and field work are two things that are very important in the school curriculum.

Livingston, NJ
This LPP is working with students.

Madrone Audubon is using Nature's Notebook with the Audubon CA chapter (48 throughout the state) volunteers to monitor bird phenology on preserves statewide to detect any possible climate change drive shifts and to engage volunteers in climate change research. This chapter is active in Paula Lane Nature Preserve and will be observing the following species: Acorn Woodpecker, Anna's Hummingbird, Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Mourning Dove, Violet-green swallow, Dark-Eyed Junco, Cedar Waxwing.