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Local Phenology Project Planning Resources

Before you embark on designing any type of program consider doing a needs assessment to decide what "need" something like a Nature's Notebook phenology monitoring program might fill. The first link above is a simple needs assessment form which can be used to determine your first steps in program development.

The next link is a document designed to help Local Phenology Leaders think about goals that may be acheived by implementing a Nature's Notebook monitoring program. The 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.  

Last, you'll find some guidance documents on how to create a Phenology Walk or Trail in your 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. 

**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.

We also offer a planning document in Spanish if you are working with Spanish speaking audiences.

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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