Phenology Observation Training

We need motivated nature observers and teachers!

Come join a team of dedicated “citizen scientists” and help with a statewide effort to study the phenological changes in the Northern Minnesota’s landscape. Climate change can be observed outside your back door as the forests, prairies and wildlife go through yearly seasonal variations. Participants will learn about phenology, help determine key species to observe, promote the development of a phenology program for schools with application for class visits to National Wildlife Refuges and contribute to a national website that is tracking these changes. They will learn the protocols for a number of species and how to access the Natures Notebook website to enter data. The goal is to build a Northwestern team of volunteers and educators to enter phenological data over the next 5 years at Agassiz, Rydell and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuges. Data will be shared with Refuge visitors through a variety of platforms.

Where: NW MN at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge,
17788 349th St SE Erskine, MN 56535

When: Thursday March 9, 2017. 9 am - 3:30 pm

Regerster for this event at:

Dress for March weather, bring a tablet or laptop and camera if you have them but it is not necessary. Wi-fi will be available.

Course Instructors:
U of MN Forestry Department: Rebecca Montgomery, Chris Buyarski, & Sam Graf
U of MN Extention: Stephan Carlson

Master Naturalists: $45.00 Non-Master Naturalists: $50.00

The day will include both indoor classroom activates, PowerPoint, and outdoor observations, photo opportunities, and a walking in the woods!
Lunch, snacks, and coffee will be provided.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Stephan Carlson at:


Event Date: 
Thursday, March 9, 2017