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

  1. Pick one of Riveredge’s phenology trails to hike and record observations (Spring Ephemeral Trail, Prairie Trail)Trail Maps
  2. 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.
  3. Return daily, monthly, yearly to record more observations

Prairie Ephemeral Trail

Located just east of the main building, along the prairie foot trails.

Phenology Species Include: 

Blue false indigo

Canada tick-trefoil

Common milkweed

Compass plant

Culver’s root

Lead plant

Prairie dock

Purple prairie clover

Rough blazingstar

Wild bergamot

Spring Ephemeral Trail

Located just north of the main building, across Hwy Y,  in Mayapple Woods.

Phenology Species Include:


Rue Anenome

White Trout Lily

Large-Flowered Trillium

Blue Cohosh

Wild Geranium