Photo of flowering plants on a hillside

Virtual Expedition: Islands in the Sky

Friday, October 18, 2019 – Monday, October 21, 2019

In the United States, alpine environments located above the trees on mountain peaks provide important habitat for Arctic tundra plants. Unique species grow under extreme conditions within these isolated “islands in the sky” which are rarely found elsewhere south of the Arctic Circle. To understand how alpine plants are responding and adapting to their rapidly changing climate, The New York Botanical Garden and Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) have teamed up with citizen scientists around the world to track geographic distributions and seasonal changes in these species. Anyone with a computer and access to the internet can participate in this research by helping to collect data from alpine plant specimens recorded throughout history!

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There are plenty of ways to get involved with citizen science year-round! You can contribute to research from anywhere by joining our virtual herbarium expeditions. Online training resources are available. All active participants are eligible to receive NYBG volunteer benefits.

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A collection of herbarium samples