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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 Georgia, United States of America
Maryland, United States of America
North Carolina, United States of America
Pennsylvania, United States of America
South Carolina, United States of America
Virginia, United States of America

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. This endeavor tracks 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

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

Project Timing Growing season, annually
Social Media
Special Skills It is helpful to have botanical identification skills
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 week
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a walk, run, On a hike
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags citizen-science, flowers, mountain, mountains, observation, observations, phenology, wildflowers
Project Updated 08/05/2017