USA NPN National Phenology Network

Taking the Pulse of Our Planet

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

We train teachers to do phenological field work with their students as a citizen science initiative and for the purpose of teaching and learning the skills that are practiced in long-term field investigations in life science. We envision that teachers will do a combination of secondary research, looking at collected data, and active field work to collect more data. In the professional development sessions we've modeled with the question based on early leaf-out of oaks in Colorado that lead to a chain of events, "Why did the oak leaves come out early?"

New York City
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
Working with 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: 
First Observation Date: 
April, 2009
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