MeadoWatch Volunteer Resources
You will receive all the materials that you will need to successfully collect data on your hike at the training. If you do not have a National Park entrance letter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, if you would like extra copies or additional information, we have linked our volunteer resources below. Please feel free to use them and email us with any other questions.
Our Hikes and Collecting Data
See the MeadoWatch Hike Info page for information about our hikes. MeadoWatch volunteers who have participated in an orientation in 2017 may sign up to collect data for us on these hikes. Returning volunteers who have sent us NPS and UW waivers and self oriented may also sign up (contact us if you want information about this). Go to the following links for each of our two hikes:
Sign up for Reflection Lakes Hike
Sign up for Glacier Basin Hike
Reflection Lakes Hike Materials
Reflection Lakes Data Sheet
Reflection Lakes Species Identification and Plot Location Pamphlet
Glacier Basin Hike Materials
Glacier Basin Data Sheet
Glacier Basin Species Identification and Plot Location Pamphlet
Plot marker status (per hike)
Below information on how many of our plot markers (per hike) have been placed. This should also give you a sense of snow cover during the early season! Of course, trail markers can (and do) disappear, and we try to visit to replace any missing markers once a week. We will update this information weekly until all markers have been placed.
Reflection Lakes: 11/11 trail markers placed (all plots), as of 07/22/17
Glacier Basin: 17/17 trail markers placed (all plots), as of 07/06/17
For information about where to camp and how to send a request please visit our Camping Info page
Your safety is our first priority, please read the following safety guidelines (update annually) before each hiking season.
MeadoWatch Wildflower Focal Species
Check our our Wildflower Photos page here for shots of all the focal species at all phenophases!
Ian Breckheimer, graduate student in the HilleRisLambers lab, has developed a Mt. Rainier specific snow melt forecast map (i.e. estimates of the date that snow disappears across the park)! Check it out here.
Training Video 2017 at the UW Burke Museum
Both Glacier Basin and Reflection Lakes Training (slides)
Additional Wildflower Resources
Apps for your smartphone and tablet
Washington Wildflower App
Audubon Wildflowers App
Books & Pamphlets
*NEW* National Phenology Network's Botany Primer
Alpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier - Burke Museum
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast - Pojar and MacKinnon
Flora of Mount Rainier National Park - David Biek
Subalpine Wildflowers of Rainier
Supalpine Flowers of Mt. Rainier - NPS
Mt. Rainier Wildflower Guide
The Burke Herbarium WTU Image Collection
University of Alaska Fairbanks Botany Basics
Sunflower Foundation Native Plant ID
USDA Plants Common Terms