Phenology Trail at Touch the Earth Natural Area

Phenology is the study of nature’s calendar and tells us how weather and seasons play a role in the life cycles of plants and animals. Sycamore Land Trust’s Touch The Earth Natural Area is now a Phenology Trail, where visitors can use a citizen science method to observe and collect native plant, animal, and insect data using a smart phone.

This project — a partnership between the Sierra Club Winding Waters Group, Indiana Phenology, and Sycamore Land Trust — uses the power of citizen scientists to help answer questions that guide native habitat restoration and resource allocation as well as raise awareness to protect native species and eradicate invasives.

To sign up and learn how to become an observer, visit