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Warren Wilson College Phenology Stewardship Program

Warren Wilson College Phenology Stewardship Program at Wayne State Campus in Detroit, MI are using Nature's Notebook to incorporate phenology and citizen science into lab exercises to give students a chance to participate and learn about "real world" science for undergraduate students, accompanied by lab instructors. They plan to develop a strong database of observations for use in classes but also for site planning and maintenance. They plan regular trips out to specified plants with lab classes, plus time on their own required as part of long-term assignment; class analysis of data from our site and possibly others; we hope to establish some demonstration gardens this fall, so they would be included in the monitoring and that would provide very good information about those sites; also work with our student group, the Detroit Biodiversity Network, to monitor various species, like peregrine falcons, year round.

Also there is a collaboration with colleagues at neighboring institutions (Appalachian State University, UNC Asheville, and East Tennessee State University) as part of a National Science Foundation project aimed at using course-based botanical research modules to study the responses of southern Appalachian plant communities to climate change. One of our projects involves developing a set of phenology-based curricular materials. Nature's Notebook will help students learn about citizen science and gain proficiency organizing and analyzing large data sets. They have established a phenology trail on campus and are currently establishing two phenology gardens (one garden for exposed species and another for forest understory species). They will be monitoring the same species at each institution in their network.

State: 
Detroit, MI
Organization Type: 
This LPP is working with K-16 students: 
Yes
More than 30 students: 
Involves indigenous communities: 
First Observation Date: 
March, 2017
Partner Group