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Tracking Change in Seasons and Climate Around the Globe
In this international science experiment, students across the northern hemisphere plant tulip bulbs in their Journey North Test Gardens each fall. When the plants emerge and bloom, children announce that spring has arrived in their part of the world.
One garden at a time, the relationship between climate, geography and the arrival of spring is revealed. Students make observations in their own hometown, and watch the wave of spring as it moves across the globe.
This project enlists the help of students as citizen scientists to monitor seasonal change in a scientific way. As plants develop and grow they reveal the effects of the local climate. Over time, the timing of plant growth can be used as an indicator of climate change. Students contribute valuable observations to a long-term database.
The kids use tulips to measure the arrival of spring. They take part in a BIG experiment with Journey North. Everybody plants tulip gardens in the fall. All of the kids plant their gardens in exactly the same way. This experiment lets them measure spring’s arrival in a scientific way.
Students monitor the garden carefully throughout the winter. When the tulips emerge from the ground in the spring the kids in each location share their news. Everyone’s garden information is reported to Journey North.