Project BudBurst For Informal Educators

Project BudBurst can enhance many informal education experiences -- whether your audience is a school group or active retirees. To meet the needs of educators, our program was designed to be easy to implement in a variety of educational settings. We welcome you and the individuals in your outreach programs to our rapidly growing community.

Levels of Participation

Whether you have an afternoon, a few weeks, a season, or a whole year, your visitors or participants can make a contribution to Project BudBurst and a better understanding of changing climate. There are two primary levels of participation that work well for informal education audiences, Regular Reports and Single Reports. There are also extensions of these two participation types, Seasonal Campaigns and Partnerships that may be of interest to your visitors/participants.

Regular Reports

Regular Reports are repeated observations of a plant(s) in a particular location and are event based, meaning they represent dates when a specific event occurs, such as the first leaf opening on a Red maple. Regular Reports are great for engaging repeat visitors or volunteers to your location. Participants can identify a plant and return regularly to make observations of it during the growing season. You can also make Regular Reports of plants at your location to share with your visitors.

Single Reports

Single Reports refer to observations that are made once, for a particular plant, at a particular location. Single Reports provide the status of a plant on any given day. Single Reports are ideal for many informal education settings where visitors/participants are not likely to make repeat visits. Single Reports allow your visitors/participants to contribute useful information to Project BudBurst, without the longer term commitment.

Seasonal Campaigns

Three times a year, Project BudBurst hosts seasonal campaigns to actively seek observations of a particular type. The campaigns include Fall into Phenology, Cherry Blossom Blitz and Summer Solstice Snapshot, and are announced on the home page. The campaigns utilize our Single Report protocols and are a great way to introduce your visitors and participants to Project BudBurst. You may wish to organize an event around a Seasonal Campaign to generate interest and launch participation.


Partnerships are a key part of the success of Project BudBurst. These programs engage and connect to diverse communities throughout the country, fostering local and national relevance to the program. We have three national partnerships: BudBurst at the Refuges, BudBurst at the Parks, BudBurst at the Gardens, and Community BudBurst. In addition, we have numerous regional and local partnerships in development. Visit the partner pages to learn more.

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