USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Recently, we've introduced phenology in our teacher education programs with the phenomenon of changes in the timing of sap flow in sugar maples, approaching the explanation from the perspectives of western sugar bush farmers (Cornell University specialists and scientists) and Indigenous sugar bush farmers, Anishinaabe elders. This phenomenon is more local, this is a tree native to our forests in New York City. Teachers create a model based on an initial explanation for the sap flow changes from Cornell scientists and their own knowledge. We introduce the voice and Traditional Ecolological Knowledge of Indigenous sugar bush keepers, and teachers revise models based on the understandings of all streams of knowledge.

Organization Type: 
Plan to Use Nature's Notebook for:: 
Answering science questions
Studying climate change impacts
Status and trends (or baseline) monitoring
Getting students involved with research
Getting students outside
Engaging the public
Contributing to a national effort
Entrypoint for citizen science
This LPP is working with K-16 students: 
More than 30 students: 
Under-served Communities: 
Under-served how?: 
We work with teachers from all 5 boroughs of New York City; many of the schools receive Title 1 funds, are in commnities of need
Involves indigenous communities: 
This LPP is part of a Phenology Trail: 
Personal Site Network: 
First Observation Date: 
April, 2009
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