Thank you to all who participated in our EcoFlora project by submitting observations. You can continue reading on this page to learn what our EcoFlora project focused on. Learn about our work with other partner gardens, New York Botanical Garden, Denver Botanic Gardens, Desert Botanical Garden, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, at ecofloras.com. Thinking of starting your own EcoFlora project? Check out our EcoFlora toolkit as a guide. We were able to share the toolkit at the Botany 2022 Conference, the American Public Garden Association 2022 Conference, and in the American Public Garden Association Magazine. Contribute to the longest running Budburst project here.
Now more than ever we need to understand urban flora-both native and invasive species. The Chicago EcoFlora project is collecting observations of plants in Cook County, Illinois to learn more about local plant life and contribute to conservation planning. With your help, we will collect data on important native species and troublesome new invaders that call our city home. This project will inform Chicago Park District, the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and other land managers about native plants that need protection and invasive species that need control. Each month we post an EcoQuest, where we ask you to find and report particular species of interest.
It’s easy to participate. Just follow these easy steps:
Create your Budburst account
Or simply login to get started with the Chicago Ecoflora Project.
Report your observations
Submit your Phenology Observation on any plant or search for targeted species highlighted in the monthly EcoQuest below and post your findings later.
Snap a photo
Take a picture with your handheld device or record your observations on a field report form.
Submit your data
Anywhere in Cook County, Illinois! If you are visiting select Chicago Parks or Forest Preserves of Cook County, you can receive an activity backpack with our EcoQuests, plant ID guides, datasheets, and more.
Want to learn more about a specific plant? Search our database of Budburst plants here.
Chicago EcoFlora is modeled after the New York EcoFlora project and funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
See the Results from the 2020 EcoQuests.
See the Results from the 2021 EcoQuests.
See the Results from the 2022 EcoQuests.
April showers bring May wildflowers, banish bush honeysuckle, and this dame is trouble.
Observe blooming witch-hazel and eliminate oriental bittersweet.
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