These resources are appropriate for teaching undergraduate students skills in designing a study, conducting background research, and interpreting data.
In this activity, your students will use the Spring Index Maps and USA-NPN Visualization tool to explore the timing of spring between their location and other areas of the country. They will also explore the overlap of phenology between two species in a single year.
Indoor activity; 60 minutes
In this activity, your students will develop their own research field site, learn to make observations and collect data outdoors, build their own dataset, and then will learn how to plot, analyze, and draw comparisons of that data.
Outdoor activity; At least 7 class periods
In this activity, your students will conduct an investigation using historical photographic records to determine whether the timing of plant phenophases has changed in their own communities.
Indoor activity with some field trips; 3 class periods