Planting tulips this fall? You and your kids can be citizen climate scientists.

Are you planting bulbs for next spring?  If tulips are on your list, check out Journey North’s international citizen science project which tracks tulip growth as a measure of climate and climate change.

Participants in this project, including many kids at school, plant tulips in the fall.  When the plants emerge and bloom in the spring, kids record and report their observations.  In doing so they can “watch the wave of spring as it moves across the globe.”

Blooming patterns reveal trends about climate, and the data you collect through this project becomes part of a long-term database which can be used to study changes in climate.

Journey North offers a kids’ section, a teacher’s guide, and maps of plantings and growth.  They host several other citizen science projects, including ones on hummingbird, monarch, American robin, gray whale, and whooping crane migration, at other times of the year.