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We offer the capacity for many observers to collect data at the same sites, and on the same plants and animal species, as part of a Local Phenology Project.  

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Start a Phenology Project

Local Phenology Projects use the Groups functionality within Nature's Notebook to allow multiple observers to contribute observations. These Groups may also contain more than one monitoring site. Groups have an administrator with all editing capabilities and members who are able to view the plants and animals selected for observation.

What do I need to know before I begin?

The most effective and sustainable Nature's Notebook monitoring programs are designed to help meet a known goal. We have many resources to help you plan out your program to ensure that you are ready to begin a successful, long-term monitoring program: 

Brainstorm your program goals and the resources you need to meet them with our
Nature's Notebook Program Planning Resources »

Learn more about Nature's Notebook Group functionality with our
Guide to Groups »

You can also download the 2-page
Group Sites Primer »

Learn how to make observations in Nature's Notebook with a Group »

Ready to set up a Group?

There are several things we recommend and require for Leaders who establish a Nature's Notebook Group. Take a look at our requirements and let us know if we can help you along the way.

Review our requirements and Request a new Group »

Need some more training?

Certified Local Phenology Leaders are LPLs who have taken the National Coordinating Office's online LPL Certification Program. The 10-week, 50-hour course helps you to create an LPP, offers guidance in creating education, science, and management materials, and encourages participants to build Phenology Trails. Certified LPL accounts are marked in the database because they have passed the criteria for providing training to others based on the USA-NPN monitoring protocols. Courses are held twice a year, in the spring and fall. For more information, click on the link below.

Become a Certified Local Phenology Leader »

Meet our Certified Leaders »

Join our Community of Practice

We've got a support group for people getting started, those who have vetted resources to share, and people who'd like to connect with one of our National Coordinating Staff in a monthly online sharing session.

Join our Community of Practice »