BudBurst at the Gardens for Visitors

Garden Visitors

Do you have a botanic garden nearby? Consider exploring the garden and contributing to scientific knowledge at the same time by monitoring plants for Project BudBurst. We need visitors who are willing to be citizen scientists by making observations of one or two plants at the botanic garden. We ask you to record whether selected plants are in flower, leafing out, or setting seed. Once you gather data, you can post it online at budburst.org. Your data will be available to botanists and biologists throughout the country as well as others interested in plant phenology. Your participation will contribute to a better understanding of how plants respond 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 BudBurst at the Gardens?

Great question! The BudBurst at the Gardens program is a great way for you to tune in and learn about key plants of interest to scientists studying the impact of climate change on the environment. BudBurst at the Gardens also provides a great incentive for you to get outside and make return visits to the Garden. When you sign up for Project BudBurst, you also 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 BudBurst at the Gardens community today!

Q. What would I do at a botanic garden for Project BudBurst?

If your local garden is a Project BudBurst partner they may have some cool opportunities for you. Check with the Garden's education and outreach staff to find out more. You can also simply visit the garden on your own with Project BudBurst Single Report or Regular Report forms and start to make observations. You can also contact Park staff and encourage them to sign up as a Project BudBurst Garden Partner.

Q. Who can participate in BudBurst at the Gardens?

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 traveling and stops at a garden while on a trip, you can use Single Report forms to make observations of plants while on a walk through the garden. 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 botanic garden to participate?

No, we certainly hope you are able to visit your local garden and explore the wonderful resources it has to offer. Although BudBurst at the Gardens was created to enhance your experience while at a garden, you can also participate in Project BudBurst at home, at work, in the schoolyard, at your local park, 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.

Photos courtesy of the National Park Service.