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Mountain Watch: Adopt-A-Peak

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Where United States

Adopt-A-Peak volunteers agree to visit a peak or trail section in the Appalachian Mountains periodically during the growing season. Volunteers will help track long-term trends in plant flowering, fall foliage, and visibility conditions on the mountain they adopt.

Hikers are great resources for frequent reporting from remote areas that could not be observed otherwise. Adopt-A-Peak focuses our monitoring efforts on a specific location year after year. Volunteers are needed for forest and alpine flower monitoring from late May through August, but this effort intensifies in June, which is Flower Watch Month. Fall foliage monitoring can begin as early as September and go through the end of leaf drop.

Visibility is monitored on every visit by taking a photograph. Volunteers are encouraged to monitor both plants and visibility.

Individuals, school groups, outing clubs, flower groups: Adopt-A-Peak!

How to Join

You can download the alpine or forest flower species field guide and data sheets, fall foliage data sheets, and the visibility instructions from the project website. You can also request a monitoring kit by mail by e-mailing (include "Adopt-A-Peak" in the subject line and information on the mountain/region you would like to adopt).

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Required Gear

A map, camera, and appropriate hiking gear and a computer with Internet access.

Monitoring kits can be downloaded from the website or obtained by contacting the project at

Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike
Tags citizen-based monitoring, monitor, monitoring
Project Updated 04/21/2017