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Nature's Notebook

Main Project Information
Presented By USA National Phenology Network
Goal Help scientists take the pulse of our planet!
Task Observe, share seasonal changes in plants and animals.
Where North America

Pay attention to the plants and animals in your yard, and you can contribute to scientific discovery! Observing life cycles of plants and animals with Nature's Notebook is easy and fun, and you will discover so much more about the plants and animals you see everyday.

Sign up to observe one or more species in your yard or another place that you frequent. Use the Nature's Notebook smartphone app to send your observations directly to the National Phenology Database, or fill out paper datasheets and submit them online.

How to Join

Become an observer in 3 simple steps:
1. Join the program
2. Set up your account
3. Go outside and observe!

Go to to get started!

Project Timing Year-round
Social Media
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 Less than an hour
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, While fishing, On a hike, At home, In snow or rain, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium, At night, At the beach, In the car
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags android, animal, animals, app, biology, climate change, data, database, ecology, environment, flower, fruit, girl scouts, invasive, iphone, leaf, life cycle, mismatch, mobile application, native, nature, nest, phenology, plant, plants, pollinator, shift, smartphone application, spring
Project Updated 10/04/2018