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New York Hall of Science: BudBurst

Individuals and families of all ages in Queens, New York, track the flowering and fruiting of plants through Project BudBurst

New York Hall of Science: BudBurst

A tree tagged to help participants identify species for observation (here, a White Pine).

As part of the Communicating Climate Change (C3) Citizen Science initiative, museum visitors and volunteers in Queens, New York observe and record local phenomena that are indicative of climate change. The New York Hall of Science has partnered with Project BudBurst to create a family-oriented volunteer project. Families and individuals take part in an exciting training session where they learn about climate change and trees, both in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and their own backyards. Volunteers monitor the timing of plant life cycle events, such as the first leaf or first flower, in order to uncover changes in climate on a local scale. Staff at the Hall of Science have created a social networking site for participating families to keep in touch and find fun, climate-themed hands-on activities. Participants are also encouraged to submit their data to Project BudBurst.

Read a feature about this initiative.


Topic - climate change, plants, phenology

Audience - public, museum visitors, families

Location - Queens, New York, backyards or parks anywhere

Goals - education, research, monitoring



New York Hall of Science

Project BudBurst

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Association of Science Technology Centers



Martin Weiss, Science Communication Consultant, NY Hall of Science  email Martin

  718.699.0005 x356

Michaela Labriole, Science Instructor, NY Hall of Science  email Michaela

  718.699.0005 x569

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