Backyard Phenology is a participatory art and science project for people to share stories and forge new connections to place.
The project fosters an ongoing multilogue about the ecosystems we inhabit; and how we understand those ecosystems through art, science, and culture. Dip into the conversation by browsing documentation on Backyard Phenology's objects, events, ephemera, and audio recordings.
Whether you call it a caravan, camper, or trailer, the mobile home is iconic and common to many cultures. But it carries different associations for folks in different walks of life. As such, it is a boundary object, something that joins people from different communities into a shared conversation and—potentially—collaboration.
Within the Climate Chaser, art by Chotsani Elaine Dean is on view. Open the lidded box and gently flip through this small archive of plant seeds in paper packets, each with a handwritten catalogue of its contents.
More than a handy place to keep notes, a journal helps us remember how it feels to notice. Perhaps, a slight buffer from the daily rush, a shuffle in the flow of time. A phenology journal is for jotting down what you see (or hear) in your backyard, from one day to the next. When will that oak out my window green up? When will a robin's song herald this year's spring?
Reframing Our Relations: A Community Meal and Conversation
October 2, 2022 at Franconia Sculpture Park
The Backyard Phenology collective designed this event to explore complicated narratives around invasive species, also referred to as non-local beings.
September 25, 2021 at Franconia Sculpture Park
BioQuest was envisioned to connect ecology, land stewardship, and the arts, a major thread of Franconia Sculpture Park's mission. The day's activities were the collaborative work of artists, scientists, students, naturalists, public historians, sculpture park staff, and the public.