This activity asks students to observe plant phenology (plant life cycle timing as it relates to the seasons) in their neighbourhood, and contribute observations to a national citizen science database. By studying the initial growth stages and recording the date of these stages, the Nature Watch/Plant Watch organization can track these dates year-over-year and help contribute to climate change investigations.

  • Students will record observations of plant changes as spring begins
  • Students will contribute data in a national citizen science project
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Become a Plant Watcher (Teacher)Become a Plant Watcher (Student)

Program of Study
  • Science, EOE
  • 30-60 mins (+ checking on the plant)
Curriculum Outcomes
  • Grade 4 Science - Plant Growth and Changes,
  • Grade 7 Science - Interactions and Ecosystems, Plants for Food and Fibre
  • Grade 7-9 Environmental and Outdoor Education

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