Become a Citizen Scientist at Mount Auburn Cemetery!

August 26, 2017

Phenology Study

Phenology refers to the study of recurring plant and animal life cycle stages and the relationship of these life cycle stages to weather and climate.  Join us in gathering phenology data to better understand how climate disruption is impacting our urban wildlife refuge.  All current citizen scientists and new volunteers are encouraged to attend one classroom training and one field training.

Classroom Sessions (select one):

Sunday 9/17 – Life Cycle ID 10am-11:30am

Monday 9/18 – Life Cycle ID 10am-11:30am

Field Training (select one):

Sunday 10/1 – Phenology Trail 10am-11:30am

Monday 10/2 – Phenology Trail 10am-11:30am


For questions or to sign up for training contact:

Paul Kwiatkowski,Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager, Mount Auburn Cemetery



  1. Michael Michalski says:

    I am a retired teacher living nearby and am interested. What is the time commitment required for volunteers? Where is the training?

    • Paul Kwiatkowski says:

      Hi Michael,
      We ask that volunteers collect data once per week through the spring and again in the fall. The classroom trainings will be held at Story Chapel – March 12 or 13, 10:00am-11:30am. We also ask that everyone meet outside of Story Chapel for the field trainings – March 19 or 20, 10:00am-11:30am.

      Thank You,

  2. Hi Jessica;
    Count me in for:

    1. 3/ 13 and 3/20 and 3/ 29…We will be having friends visiting from Scotland. Could one or both come to the 3/20 session to observe? And/or to Dave Barnett’s afternoon walk??? They are both great outdoors people, naturalists…
    Clare WL

    • Corinne Elicone says:

      Hello Kayta!

      If you’re interested in becoming a Citizen Scientist at Mount Auburn you can reach out to Paul Kwiatkowski, our Wildlife Conservation & Sustainability Manager at He can answer all your questions about the project!

      Events and Outreach Coordinator,
      Corinne Elicone

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