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Partner With Us!

We are keen to partner with organizations that share our commitment to collecting and sharing phenology information and inspiring individuals to connect with nature throughout the seasons.

By partnering with the USA National Phenology Network your organization stands to gain greater visibility for your organization and your phenology-related efforts as well as connections to vibrant educator and research communities and opportunities for further collaboration.


  • If you are interested in establishing a Local Phenology Project through our Nature's Notebook program, visit the Start a Local Project page

  • If you are interested in specific data collection efforts, development of visualization tools, use of our protocols, or other ways we might work together in a Collaborating Project, please contact We'd love to talk with you!

Here are some of the resources available to you as a USA-NPN Partner:

The USA-NPN NCO provides short phenology-related updates and interesting pieces in a bi-monthly newsletter to registered participants and partner contacts. Text from these newsletters may be repurposed for inclusion in your organization's newsletters. We can also provide text on topics including "what is phenology?", "what is the USA-NPN?", and "how can I participate?"

Sign up to receive USA-NPN NCO newsletters.

View the Newsletter archive.

Nature’s Notebook offers opportunities for place-based, hands-on learning, provides a collaborative platform for site-based educators, promotes cross-subject engagement while addressing standards of learning, and can be used to identify and answer local scientific research questions addressed by many natural resource, volunteer and gardening groups.
We offer curriculum resources for Nature’s Notebook as well as an education page with phenology education resources for different grade levels.
USA-NPN National Coordinating Office (NCO) staff can host training webinars for members of your organization. The content of these webinars can be tailored to meet your organization's needs. Please coordinate with the NCO Eduation Coordinator if you are interested in arranging for a training webinar for your organization.

The USA-NPN offers several types of communication and outreach materials, including fact sheets, information sheets, brochures, and posters. You are welcome to modify these materials to suit your program and to include your program's logo, as appropriate.

We can also work with a partnering organization to add information on phenology, the USA NPN, and  Nature's Notebook to your materials, as appropriate.

We can provide high resolution USA-NPN and the Nature's Notebook logos for use on your website and outreach materials.Please contact the NCO Partnerships Coordinator before using the logos and please follow the USA-NPN Communications Standards.

You can also download our editable phenology trail sign templates, complete with instructions.

We used a rigorous process to develop the criteria to select the species that appear on the list of recommended species for Nature's Notebook. However, we are constantly adding species to our lists based on special needs of participating scientists and organizations. It may be possible for us to develop observation protocols and online information for species that are of special interest to your organization; please submit your request (you must create an account or log in, first).

The USA-NPN National Phenology Database can serve as the long-term archive for phenology data collected by members of partnering organizations. Several current USA-NPN partners, including the Arbor Day Foundation, Monarch Watch, and HoneyBeeNet, are housing phenology records in the National Phenology Database.

Use of Nature's Notebook standards are encouraged; data collected following these standards can be viewed using USA-NPN visualization tools. Data collected not following Nature's Notebook standards can also be archived in the National Phenology Database but will not be accessible through USA-NPN visualization tools.

For further information, please contact

We also offer the capacity to upload many phenological observations to the National Phenology Database  at a time. Records that are suitable for bulk upload are those that follow USA-NPN standards and could otherwise be added to the National Phenology Database via the Nature's Notebook interface. If you are interested in learning more about this capacity, please contact us.

Customizable phenology calendars appear right on your Observation Deck, which is your go-to place for setting up observation sites and selecting species to monitor. Calendars can be downloaded and shared with your group members.  
The online phenology visualization tool allows you to compare observations beyond your group - across sites, through time, and across species. You can also view phenology observations in the context of climate data. This tool can be a great way to demonstrate to participants how their observations compare to others in the database (video tutorial available). Read our 2 page guide for more details. 
All of the data in the National Phenology Database is freely available for download

Our web services allow participants in partners' programs to contribute data to Nature's Notebook without leaving the partner's website. A partner develops a user interface on the partner website which uses the USA-NPN web service to direct the data to the National Phenology Database. The web service offers the following functions:

register a user
register a site
search our list of plant and animal species
register individual plants
access plant and animal phenology observing protocols
enter phenology observations
Please contact the NCO for more information.

If you would like to share an historical or contemporary phenology dataset, you can add it to our legacy dataset registry. The registry maintains a list of datasets, permissions for sharing them, and information on how to access them. These datasets are searchable by taxonomic group, phenophase, format, and other relevant identifiers. This module allows valuable historical datasets that may otherwise be lost to be archived and made available for researchers and decision-makers to access. The USA-NPN plans to develop the capacity to host phenological datasets collected according to a variety of methods in the future.

If you have phenological datasets you would like to register, please visit the USA-NPN legacy data registry.

The USA-NPN features news in the field of phenology on the USA-NPN homepage. We can post links to partner announcements and phenology-related efforts here.

USA-NPN National Coordinating Office staff frequently posts to Twitter (@TheresaCrimmins,
@LoriAnneBarnett. Patrners can follow us on Twitter and the USA-NPN NCO can include short phenology- related pieces from partner organizations in these postings.

The USA-NPN also maintains a Facebook page. The USA-NPN NCO can post short phenology-related pieces and links from partner organizations on this page.

Track phenology-friendly grants and key deadlines using the USA-NPN Funding Opportunities tool.

As appropriate, the National Coordinating Office of the USA-NPN can provide letters of support for grant proposals incorporating phenology data collection and efforts aligned with the USA-NPN Mission.

Please contact the USA-NPN Partnerships Coordinator for further information. Please allow plenty of lead time before the letters or proposals are due.