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Mountain Watch

Main Project Information
Presented By Appalachian Mountain Club
Goal Participate in alpine ecology and climate science research
Task Track phenology events in Appalachian mountains
Where Global, anywhere on the planet

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 ( 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:

How to Join

Anyone can download materials from our web site at or email us at for a kit to be mailed to you or to adopt a location. You can also do this through our online registration where you would create an account to enter data

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Participation Fee $0
Expenses $0
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.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike
Class Materials Yes
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags citizen-science, flowers, mountain, mountains, observation, Observations, phenology, wildflowers
Project Updated 08/07/2016