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Sample tile used to mark Phenology Trail sites in Tucson, Arizona. 

Image credit:
L. Barnett

Phenology Program Resources

Looking for some help with your new Local Phenology Program? We've compiled resources for you, based on what we are most frequently asked during the planning and implementation phases of designing a Local Phenology Program. 

Connect with us

We host monthly calls and an online community for Local Phenology Leaders getting started with or maintaining long-term phenology monitoring programs using Nature's Notebook

Local Phenology Leader Community of Practice »

Get Certified

Our online certification course is designed to help Local Phenology Leaders establish a long-term Nature's Notebook phenology monitoring program at a location where they work or volunteer.

LPL Certification Course »

Plan your program

Before you begin to think about what you'd like to achieve with Nature's Notebook and why. Work through our program planning resources to help you organize your ideas and develop an action plan. Take a look at some tips for planning and getting started from active Local Phenology Leaders.

Local Phenology Program Planning Guide »

Local Phenology Program Planning Resources »

Tips from the field »

Train and Engage Volunteers

Visit our Host an Event page for downloadable materials you can use and edit to train participants in phenology monitoring. 

Event Resources »

Create Phenophase Photo Guides to provide a photo reference for your volunteers of life cycle stages of individual species that you are monitoring. 

Phenophase Photo Guides »

Utilize and share our Primers designed to help observers who are beginning to get comfortable with our protocols.

Botany and Phenophase Primers »

Check out our activities for all grade levels, including adults. Use them as ice breakers at meetings or as supplements to making observations outside with visitors to your site. 

Activities »

Use our logos and templates for flyers, activities, and handouts. 

Media Center »

Templates »

Use and Share Data

Get a quick snapshot of the number of phenology records per species, phenophase category, number of site visits, and active observers per month at any of our Groups.

Local Phenology Program Dashboard »

Customizable phenology calendars appear right on your Observation Deck, which is your go-to place for setting up observation sites and selecting species to monitor. Calendars can be downloaded and shared with your group members. An instructional webinar is also available. 

Phenology Calendar Guide »

The online Phenology Visualization Tool allows you to compare observations beyond your Group—across sites, through time, and across species. You can also view phenology observations in the context of climate data. This tool can be a great way to demonstrate to participants how their observations compare to others in the database.

Phenology Visualization Tool »

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