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The most sustainable Nature's Notebook monitoring programs include staff buy-in, research or management questions, and engaged volunteers. Join our Local Phenology Leader Community of Practice to share ideas and resources with colleagues. 

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Local Phenology Leaders Community of Practice

Join a growing group of active leaders who are using Nature's Notebook as an education, science, or managment project for engaging volunteers in collecting phenology observations in their communities. The Local Phenology Leader Community of Practice is a place to connect and communicate with staff at the USA-NPN's National Coordinating Office and with other leaders who use Nature's Notebook as part of their organization's programming.

What is a Community of Practice?

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. (Wenger-Trayner, 2015).

The Local Phenology Leader Community of Practice

The USA-NPN's Education Coordinator leads our Community of Practice. Included are options to communicate with others who are operating multi-observer programs using Nature's Notebook for research, management, or education. We organize quarterly Leader's calls and facilitate discussion in our online communication platforms, the LPL Listserv and a community space on Facebook. We discuss topics of relevance to groups getting started and those continuing with long-term monitoring projects. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Program planning and implementation
  • Volunteer engagement via Nature's Notebook
  • Working with students in K-12 settings
  • Ideas for advanced training topics
  • Review of the monitoring protocols 

Here is a list of the next 5 call dates and topics:

Thursday, September 19, 2019 OR
Friday, September 20, 2029
A Teacher Certification Course for using Nature's Notebook in your formal classroom
Thursday, December 19, 2019 OR
Friday, December 20, 2019
Developing visitor engagement activities related to phenology and Nature's Notebook
Thursday, March 19, 2020 OR
Friday, March 20, 2020
An LPL Resource Share Fair!
Thursday, June 18, 2020 OR
Friday, June 19, 2020
Topic TBD!

Thursday, September 17, 2020 OR
Friday, September 18, 2020
Topic TBD!

To suggest a topic for a call complete this form.

Thursday calls are held at 3pm Pacific Time, 4pm Mountain Time, 5pm Central Time, and 6pm Eastern Time.

Friday calls are held at 10am Pacific Time, 11am Mountain Time, Noon Central Time, and 1pm Eastern Time.

They typically last about an hour, but no longer than an hour and a half.

Join the email list to be notified of the quarterly meeting agenda. Talk to you soon!


See what others are doing

At the end of each year, the USA-NPN National Coordinating Office sends and Active Local Phenology Program Survey to get feedback on how LPLs are using Nature's Notebook. Check out the summaries of these surveys below.

2018 - Active Local Phenology Program Survey

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USA-NPN 2018 Active groups infographic

2017 - Active Local Phenology Program Survey

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2017 LPL Survey Intro Slide

What kinds of Organizations use Nature's Notebook?

When organizations elect to use Nature's Notebook for their programs in science, management, and education they are encouraged to create a group so that multiple people can participate and manage the sites online. This chart displays how most of our 600+ Nature's Notebook groups describe themselves. K-12 Schools, Colleges and Universities, Nature Centers, National Park Service Units, Conservation Organizations, and Green/Open Spaces top the list, accounting for almost 60% of our participation.

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Pie Chart - NN Participation by Group type

Share ideas with each other 

We have a Facebook page and a listserv for Leaders to share ideas with each other. Please feel free to post to either of those resources. The best ideas are even better if shared!

  Nature's Notebook Local Phenology Leaders Facebook Group

USA-NPN Phenophase Smug-mug Page

Join the Local Phenology Leaders Listserv


Local Phenology Leader Certification Course

A 10-week, 50 hour, interactive course designed to help you navigate our online materials and establish a long term phenology monitoring program using Nature's Notebook at your site. We offer two sessions a year - one in the Fall and one in the Spring. For more information visit the Local Phenology Leader Certification Course Landing Page and add your name to the list of Leaders interested in becoming Certified. 

Archive of meeting minutes

An archive of meeting minutes from our calls is located here