The Budburst Community
Our goal is to bring together people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe to inspire lasting conservation action. Every project, every plant, and every observation contributes to research efforts, and enables us to see the natural world around us in a whole new way. But the only way we can make a difference is together.
Participating in Groups
Budburst Groups are great for classes, clubs, and other organizations. They allow for collaborative work and sharing observations. Groups can serve many purposes: students can gather data on specific plants in a schoolyard, research garden, or remotely in their backyard or local park. Additionally, clubs can monitor a local species of interest, and visitors can monitor multiple plant species in a forest preserve or similar location.
What can you do with your group?
Try one of these activities to get started making observations in your group.
Phenology blitz for your location
Adopt a trail
Create a garden
Find a plant from all five plant groups
Submit a pollinator observation
Visit a nature center
How to Create a Group
You can create a group for your volunteer organization, group of friends, or your neighborhood. As a group manager, you can invite members to join and collaborate to find and observe plants in your area.
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Budburst is a project of the
Chicago Botanic Garden
One of the treasures of the
Forest Preserves of Cook County