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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.

Georgetown University in Washington D.C. is hosting Georgetown Phenology Project using Nature's Notebook in a college course building on a previous professor's several year phenology project, and using the old data and species, continue to monitor the same trees. This will allow the students to continue the record and use past data to make predictions during each year.

This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
03/2018

Glacier National Park would like to formalize observations and input them into a larger database, using Nature's Notebook. With the USA-NPN's tools, they will create visualizations to be used for educational purposes. They aim to expand this program beyond the division of Interpretation to include other divisions within the park.

Saint Mary, West Glacier
MT
Partner Website:
First Observation:
10/2018
Marin
CA
First Observation:
07/2011
Moss Point
MS
First Observation:
02/2017
Grand Canyon
First Observation:
06/2013

Grassroots Ecology has established a Nature's Notebook group in order to track the observations from California Naturalist class community scientists and other volunteers of the organization who are interested in contributing to phenology projects.

Santa Clara and San Mateo County
CA
Partner Website:
First Observation:
03/2019

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 our phenology and bird migration project, which may turn into other projects as data and program develop further. We 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. Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust aims to engage volunteers and participants on how they can become involved and easily contribute to science by using Nature's Notebook.

Bucksport
ME
Partner Website:
First Observation:
07/2018

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 & TN
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
03/2012
Various
AL, LA, MS
Partner Website:
First Observation:
01/2017
Impact Statement:

2018 Impact Statement

The Gulf Coast Phenology Trail was established in 2017 to have citizen scientists observe and record phenophases in red maple, red bay, yaupon holly, and wax myrtle plants using the program, Nature's Notebook. Initially the four core plants were selected to learn if there is a east-west gradient in plants based on the seasons. The inventory of plants and animals were increased depending on the site.
Sites selected for the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail included primarily federal lands along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and areas in southeastern Louisiana. Using an established monitoring program such as Nature's Notebook made it easy to implement with the assistance of staff and recruited citizen scientists. Networking with Master Naturalists, Master Gardners, or Habitat Stewards helped with the recruitment and training for volunteers who needed to provide pay-back hours. The pool of potential volunteers was enlarged to include students, interns, and the interested public. Networking, one-on-one recruitment, advertisements, social media were used to increase participation.
Adding additional partners such as a community college and universities affiliated sites increased the "inventory" of core plants and the number of staff, students, and volunteer participants. Providing training classes for the interested public increased their knowledge of phenology and climate change. Students spent time out of the classroom to observe and work together in teams. Volunteers who regularly monitored "their" plants have learned about the life cycles and made connections that increased their knowledge of native plants. Anecdotally, participants stated that they look at plants with a new set of eyes and they look forward to changes or phenophases. Managers of sites wanted to know how they can share information about the program and have requested talks or written information.

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.
First Observation:
02/2017

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.

Wickenburg
AZ
First Observation:
10/2018
Ghent
NY
First Observation:
12/2015

Our non-profit Huntington Beach Tree Society plants and maintains trees (at the HB Urban Forest, more than 7,000 native and CA-friendly trees and plants so far), educates the public about the benefits and importance of trees and California-friendly plants, enlarges our city's green environment (another name for plants/trees in cities) for the enjoyment and health of all people and increases habitat for urban wildlife. Nature's Notebook adds value to our efforts.

Huntington Beach
CA
First Observation:
01/2020

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
WI
This LPP is working with students.
First Observation:
10/2018

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.

Indianapolis
IN
First Observation:
09/2018

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
First Observation:
03/2019

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 seven 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

Knoxville
TN
This LPP is working with under-served communities.
First Observation:
08/2017

Indiana Backyard Observers is using Nature's Notebook as a part of the Indiana Phenology Trail to begin a long-term local phenology monitoring program utilizing Nature's Notebook's standardized protocols and infrastructure.

Indianapolis and surrounding areas
IN
First Observation:
09/2018

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