Community BudBurst for Visitors

Community Visitor
Photo: Theresa Eastburn

Take a look at our list of Community BudBurst partners. Is there an organization near you? Perhaps a nature center or museum that you plan to visit or a regional partner whose project is happening where you live? Consider making observations of a plant or two that one of the partners is interested in. Then, post your data on budburst.org. Your data will be available to the researchers and educators of that organization as well as others interested in plant phenology. Your participation will contribute to a better understanding of how that partner's plants are responding to changing climates.

Want to learn more? Check out our Q and A below!

Do you have a question not on our list? Send us an email at budburst@chicagobotanic.org and we'll be happy to answer it for you

Q. Why should I participate in Community BudBurst?

Great question! Engaging with a Community BudBurst partner is a great way for you to become more aware of key plants in the regions you live, work, and play. These may be plants that are of particular importance to wildlifeor plants that are unique to an area. Community BudBurst is also a great excuse for you to get outside and make return visits to a specific place, which is a great way to really see change. When you sign up for Project BudBurst, you get access to your own personal My BudBurst Data Viewer where you can review and download your observations. Kids who participate in BudBurst Buddies also receive a certificate after they have participated. Join the growing group of people participating in Community BudBurst programs!

Q. How can I participate in a Community BudBurst program?

Once you've identified a Community BudBurst project of interest to you, check out the resources on their Project BudBurst partner page. For some partners, you might want to visit their location and monitor plants at their site with Single Report or Regular Report datasheets, perhaps at a nature center or museum. For other partners, such a some of our Regional partners, you may be asked to monitor a plant of interest that is found within a particular region of the country. You can also contact the partner directly and ask if there are other ways to get involved with their Project BudBurst program.

Kids Photo
Photo: Maureen Foelkl

Q. Who can participate?

Participation is open to all! We have activities for all ages. Our participants include people from all walks of life representing all 50 states. We invite you to join our 'growing' community.

Q. Is this an appropriate activity for families?

Yes! From Regular Reports to Single Reports to our BudBurst Buddies program, there is something for everyone with Project BudBurst. Parents and kids can choose plants to monitor together and visit their plant multiple times throughout the season to see how they are doing. Or, if your family is just passing through on, you can use Single Report forms to make observations of plants while on a Driving (or hiking) tour of an area. We encourage you to talk to the partner you are interested in and ask them how you can best participate. Participation in Project BudBurst is a fun way to engage your family with the plant world around them.

Q. Do I have to be at a partner's location to participate?

No, we certainly hope you are able to visit Community BudBurst partners in your area and explore the wonderful resources they have to offer. However, you can also participate in Project BudBurst at home, at work, in the schoolyard, at your local botanic garden, on vacation, or wherever you find plants of interest.

Q. Can I use my mobile phone to participate?

Yes! Learn more about our app for use with Android smartphones.