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NEON announces its Fall 2012 Citizen Science Academy offerings for formal and informal educators, as well as the Project BudBurst "Fall into Phenology" campaign.

(From the e-list, 25 SEPT 2012. Interested in subscribing? Click here!)

NEON (the National Ecological Observatory Network) is announcing its fall 2012 Citizen Science Academy offerings of professional development trainings for educators in both formal and informal settings. See the announcement below of a new course this fall on using data in the classroom.

And if you're more generally looking for activities to lead - or even if you're just wanting to record your own observations of seasonal change - Project BudBurst's "Fall into Phenology" campaign is underway through the end of October. More details below.

Updates from NEON Citizen Science Academy

The NEON Citizen Science Academy is now underway with our first cohorts of two new and two freshly updated courses!

We are currently running our newest course, CSA 502/552, Working with Project BudBurst Data in an Educational Setting for both formal and informal educators! The course highlights the new National Geographic Field Scope tools ( which will allow you to visualize and analyze Project BudBurst data through a user-friendly, web-based interface. We also have completely updated and enhanced our existing course: Introduction to Project BudBurst. Registration for our next round of courses (which begin November 5) will be open in early October. For those interested in teacher re-certification, all of our courses can be taken for 2 optional, continuing education credits.

We are still in the process of developing two new courses for the spring: Introduction to Citizen Science and Working with Remote Sensing and Geospatial Data. Watch for more information about those courses soon!

Upcoming Courses

CSA 501/551: Introduction to Project BudBurst, November 5 - December 10 (registration available in October)

CSA 502/552: Using Project BudBurst Data in the Classroom, November 5 - December 10 (registration available in October)

Learn more and register for courses at


2nd Annual Fall into Phenology Campaign with Project BudBurst

Sept 10th - Oct 31st
Looking for a fall project to do with your students or visitors? The Project BudBurst Fall into Phenology campaign is a great way to get your participants outside to engage in a scientific activity! Learn how at The campaign is in full swing until October 31st. Share your fall observations of plants changing color, shedding leaves, and more!

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