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ADV - Phenology Observation Training

Phenology Observation Training-St John website

108 New Science Center St John
Collegeville, MN 56321

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 Central Minnesota 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 classroom podcasts 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 Nature’s Notebook website to enter data. The goal is to build a team of volunteers and educators to enter phenological data over the next 5 years. Data will be shared with the Abbey Arboretum visitors through a variety of platforms. https://www.usanpn.org/mnpn/home

Instructors: Rebecca Montgomery, Chris Buyarski, U of MN Forestry Department, Stephan Carlson, U of MN Extension and John Latimer of KAXE Radio. Cost: $50.00 includes lunch, materials and snacks. (Non-Master Naturalist $55.00)

The day will include both indoor classroom activates, PowerPoint, and outdoor observations, photo opportunities, walking in the woods, lunch, coffee, and snacks. Dress for April weather, bring a tablet or laptop and camera if you have them but it is not necessary. Wi-fi will be available. Please upload the “Nature's Notebook” to your laptop or iPad before you come.

The course cost is $50 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Stephan Carlson

Dr. Stephan Carlson. Dr. Carlson has worked for the U of M Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences for the last 25 years doing outreach and teaching classes in environmental education (EE) and interpretation. He has worked in the fields of EE, outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation for the past 35 years. In addition to his work teaching interpretation, he also teaches Science and Math summer school on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs that incorporate these components in environmental education.

Sponsor Information

University of MN Extension


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