|Spend the time||outdoors|
|Appropriate for kids||yes|
May need good hiking gear, map, and general supplies for hiking
|Track phenology events in Appalachian mountains|
|Participate in alpine ecology and climate science research|
Mountain Watch is an ongoing trail-side citizen science program that tracks reproductive (flower/fruit development) plant phenology of a small set of alpine and forest plants In the Eastern Appalachian mountains and other Northeast areas. The program has had over 9,000 plant phenophase observations made by volunteers since 2005, and a similar number of observations made by trained staff. This citizen science program is one component of the alpine ecology and climate science research being conducted by the Appalachian Mountain Club in the Northeast mountains.