They do various campaigns throughout the year. Right now (June/July) they are running a summer solstice, what are the plants doing during the summer? In Sept/Oct there will be Fall into Pheneology, which should catch the change from summer --> fall.
The report forms are based on what type of plant are you observing: wildflowers, deciduous trees, evergreen trees, evergreen bushes, or grasses. The hardest parts will be
- knowing the common name, but if you know Google you should be fine!
- knowing your latitude and longitude, this a little tougher.. there are free apps for smartphones that will give you your exact GPS coordinates. And some cameras tag your picture so you can always shoot a snapshot and then pull the GPS off the image. This might also be helpful if you are going to make your report later so that you can keep a record of the plant.
One of the really neat things about BudBurst is they have an entire education section. This education section includes free classroom implementation guides and additional activities. I highly recommend you check out the grade block your kids are in for some really fun and mostly simple plant science related ideas. I plan on doing a few with Boo when he gets home! And if your kids do science fair, they might even stumble upon an idea.
I hope you'll get out into nature, take a moment to smell the flowers... and then make a BudBurst report on them! I'd love to hear about your experiences too, so please share some stories with me in the comments! Happy plant hunting :)