Phenology is the study of recurring biological phenomena and their relationship to weather. The Ohio State University Phenology Gardens have been set up to record the changes in phenology events across the state of Ohio. The trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials planted in the OSU Phenology Garden network sites are monitored for first and full bloom, which will assist with identifying insect activity. They are also monitored for native pollinator activity.
The Portage County site for the OSU network is located at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station. Citizen scientists collect bloom data and pollinator data and upload it to the OSU Phenology Network website. In addition, they maintain and expand the garden as required.