Update: April 19, 2012
Please Report
Your Sightings!
Report Your Sightings
We found animals in the Test garden today! Our schoolyard habitat is an amazing place. Go outside and explore your habitat and start a long-term project. Our first Alaskan garden is up! Have you noticed? Take another look at the maps today and think like a scientist. Is there a pattern to their emergence?

This Week's Update Includes:

Image of the Week
in the garden
How's Your Habitat?
News: Garden Highlights
Our first Alaskan garden is up! On 4/13/12, gardeners in Kodiak reported, "Windy, cold and spotty snow, but one bud. Yes!" In Missoula, Montana, students noticed their blooming tulips close up at night and on cool mornings.

blooming in VT
Tulips bloom in VT
Puzzler: Red Emperor Flower Size
Students in Midland, Michigan came across a puzzler when their tulips bloomed. Take a look at the flowers they found.

  • How do these flowers compare?
  • What could have caused this?
  • What do you wonder?


2 sizes of flowers
Habitat: Start a Tradition
Collect Historical Records
Start today to collect a set of historical records for your school. Explore your school's outdoor habitat. Observe and record the plants and animals you see. Document the sky conditions, the temperature, the date, and the time you are making your observations.

Citizen Science
As a citizen scientist, your observations can add to your school's year-round collection of habitat data. With your collected data you can explore important scientific questions. What patterns do your data reveal? Are variations normal? Do they reveal a trend?

habitat gallery
Photo Gallery
Journal Page
Test Gardens: Thinking Like a Scientist
Have you noticed? Beginning in late-January and through today, Test gardens have been emerging across North America. Take another look at the maps today and think like a scientist. Is there a pattern to their emergence? Is the pattern related to climate, or geography? Could it be related to weather?
tulip gardens North America handout tulip gardens North America
North America
(map | animation | sightings)
Handout Eurasia
(map | animation | sightings)
Come Back for the next Test Garden update April 26, 2012.