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Local Phenology Project Planning Resources

The first link is a document designed to help Local Phenology Leaders develop a Phenology Walk or Trail in their community. It is a step-by-step guide to creating a collaborative program that meets educational, scientific, or management needs, which can be shared with stakeholders in your community. The second link is the same document in MS Word Format. 

The next set of worksheets are designed to provide guidance in thinking about a program plan or a logic model for your Nature's Notebook Monitoring Program. These worksheets have been used in teacher training workshops and in docent training courses to help participants think through the objectives of designing a Phenology Walk.  The purpose is to provide some guidelines for planning a phenology monitoring program at a site.  It includes guiding information on how to develop a science question and space to plan short-medium-long term goals for a phenology monitoring program. It also offers space to brainstorm some activities that may be plugged in to achieve these programmatic outcomes.  

**NOTE: The framework for this guide is for an educator/leader-centered program and not for individual student outcomes and achievements during a short semester or academic year.  Rather, the planning should include mulitple years of phenology monitoring, ideas for collaboration with colleagues and other community organizations in support of answering a scientific reasearch question related to phenology and/or climate change.

For more information on Program Planning and Evaluation visit the following helpful websites:

USA-NPN Education Publication Number: 2014-007-C (2014-007-CSP - Spanish)

Background information
NCO Materials
Program Planning Materials
Formal Educators
Informal Educators
Non-Formal Educators
Grade Level: 
High School (9-12)
Post Secondary (Higher Ed)
Adult Audience

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