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Updated 08/07/2016
Presented by Appalachian Mountain Club
Participation fee $0
Expenses $0
Spend the time outdoors
Location anywhere
Appropriate for kids yes
Teaching materials yes

Required Gear:

May need good hiking gear, map, and general supplies for hiking. Protocols and datasheets must be download from web site. Mobile Android App available.

Mountain Watch

Participate in alpine ecology and climate science research
Track phenology events in Appalachian mountains

Mountain Watch is an ongoing trail-side citizen science program that tracks plant development, aka phenology, of a small set of alpine and forest plants In the Eastern Appalachian mountains and other Northeast areas.

AMC is also a partner with the USA National Phenology Network, the National Park Service, and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in the AT Seasons project, the new endeavor to track plant and animal development along the AT corridor. Similar to AMC’s Mountain Watch, AT Seasons (www.usanpn.org/appalachian) will provide much needed information on climate impacts at upper elevations.

These citizen science programs are components of the Appalachian Mountain Club alpine ecology and climate science research being conducted in the Northeast mountains.

General teaching material on phenology can be found here: https://www.usanpn.org/education

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