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Presented By Chicago Botanic Garden
Goal Help scientists by observing changes in plants.
Task Make regular observations of your plants and submit data.
Where United States of America

Add your phenology observations to Budburst's ten years of plant data! Contribute to help understand how plants (and pollinators) adjust to changes in climate over time. Budburst (formerly Project BudBurst) is a national network of citizen scientists monitoring plants as the seasons change. Instructional materials are available to support implementation in a variety of educational settings.

Join "Nativars" - a three year research project. Are pollinators more attracted to native plants or to nativars (cultivars of the original native plant)? Four partner locations across the country! Plant your native garden and observe pollinator visits.

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Project Timing Year-round, whenever plants are active.
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Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At home, In snow or rain
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Tags botany, climate change, nativars, phenology, plant phenology, pollinators, seasons
Project Updated 08/16/2018