Indiana Backyard Observers

Become a Backyard Observer

Indiana Backyard Observers help us document seasonal changes in plants. Observers monitor the same plants from week to week throughout the year. There is some up-front effort to get set up, but once that is done, observing takes just a few minutes per plant.

We want you to feel confident with observing so we'll walk you through each step of the 5 -step set-up process. Every thing you need is right here. Check out the Backyard Observer Quick Start Guide to see an overview of the whole process.


A printable, one-page guide to getting started as an Indiana Backyard Observer. See the whole process at a glance.

Access our resources page to find more resources including phenophase photoguides, tip sheets and our Spring Activity Guide.