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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.

  1. Phenology blitz for your location

    Spend a day out with your group making phenology observations.
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  2. Adopt a trail

    National and local parks may both have opportunities for being a trail volunteer, or adopting a trail of your own.
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  3. Create a garden

    With some native plants from a local nursery you can make any place a great garden for pollinators.
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  4. Find a plant from all five plant groups

    Use our app to submit a phenophase observation on a wildflower, deciduous tree, broadleaf evergreen, conifer, and grass.
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  5. Submit a pollinator observation

    Find a flowering plant and watch for visiting pollinators.
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  6. Visit a nature center

    Local nature centers are great starting points for observations.
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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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