USA-NPN Local Phenology Leader Certification Course
The USA National Phenology Network’s Local Phenology Leader Certification Course is designed to help you establish a Nature's Notebook citizen science program at your organization or school. It is most appropriate for those interested in developing long-term phenology datasets and long-term engagement programs using Nature's Notebook. The course is online and interactive; participants work with a cohort of others across the county and with USA-NPN Outreach and Education Staff to gain the skills need to develop a program plan, recruit volunteers, collect observations, analyze observation data, and collaborate with community partners.
The Local Phenology Leader (LPL) Certification Course is an interactive 10-week, 60–80* hour Course requiring participation in a combination of online assignments, group discussions, and the development of an individualized program plan for phenology monitoring with Nature's Notebook. Participants must actively participate in discussions, meetings, and submit three deliverables to become a Certified Local Phenology Leader, an award that designates trained leaders in Nature's Notebook system and highlights them on the LPL Certified Leaders page.