Phenology Journeys 101

Take a journey into the cycles and rhythms of the natural world

Phenology is described simply as the observation of natural phenomena over time. But phenology journeying goes beyond that: it is the rapt attention and recognition of our wondrous, phenomenal relatives, the plants and animals, in their budding, blooming, breeding, migrating dances around the seasons. It is fully engaging in Nature’s Calendar, and celebrating its seasonal wonders.

This course will provide you with exercises to enhance your phenology journeys and celebrations.


"Phenology is nature’s calendar—when cherry trees bloom, when a robin builds its nest and when leaves turn color in the fall.

Phenology is a key component of life on earth. Many birds time their nesting so that eggs hatch when insects are available to feed nestlings. In turn, insect emergence is often synchronized with leafing out in their host plants. For many people, allergy season starts when particular flowers bloom—earlier flowering means earlier allergies. Farmers and gardeners need to know when to plant to avoid frosts, and they need to know the schedule of plant and insect development to decide when to apply fertilizers and pesticides. Many interactions in nature depend on timing. In fact, phenology affects nearly all aspects of the environment, including the abundance, distribution, and diversity of organisms, ecosystem services, food webs, and the global cycles of water and carbon."

(USA National Phenology Network)

Your Instructor

Helen Park
Helen Park

Helen spends most of her days hiking, forest bathing, and walking with her husband and their lurcher greyhound. She received master naturalist certification in 2016, but realizes there is so very much still to discover, know and love about the wildness. Learn more and connect with Helen here:

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