Hike a trail and help us track phenology!!
As an environmental education facility, we strive to help visitors experience and learn about the natural environment. Our phenology tails assist people in learning about plants independently while contributing to national databases. Their contributions to the databases will provide additional data to climatologists and biologists and provide a sense of meaning for visitors to collect and contribute the data.
How to Get Involved
- Pick one of Riveredge’s phenology trails to hike and record observations (Spring Ephemeral Trail, Prairie Trail)
- Find the designated plants (indicated by a name plate) and with smartphone or iPad (available at the Visitor Center) scan the QR code associated with each plant. The QR code will take you to the RNC Website where you can access additional information about each plant. Record observations on Riveredge’s iNaturalist webpage at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/riveredge-nature-center-phenology.
- Return daily, monthly, yearly to record more observations