Citizen Science: Yellowstone Phenology Project

Citizen Science: Yellowstone Phenology Project

Yellowstone Forever is in need of volunteers to document phenology in the park! What is phenology?

Phenology is the study of plant and animal life cycle changes over time.

By recording these changes, park managers can better anticipate resource protection needs and plan management actions.

This volunteer opportunity provides hands-on service-learning that collects real data to fill an important knowledge gap about park plants, insects and what they can tell us about changes to the park over time!

How to Get Involved

We are currently recruiting volunteers for help from April to October.

For those committing to one weekend per month, Yellowstone Forever will provide free housing in Gardiner, MT. No experience is necessary! All training and materials will be provided.

Project Dates:

4/24-25, 5/22-23, 6/20-21, 7/18, 8/14-15, 9/11-12, 10/9-10

Duties include:

  • Pitfall trap sample collection
  • Plant identification
  • Sorting and mounting of insects


  • Ability to hike up to five miles off-trail over rough terrain
  • Interest in entomology and/or botany, and willingness to learn in a classroom, field, and lab setting
  • Possess attention to detail and fine motor skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

For more information, contact Garrett Tovey, Citizen Science Specialist with the Yellowstone Forever Institute, at or 406.848.2823, or Erik Oberg, National Park Service Biologist, at or 307.344.2156.