Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2018 City Nature Challenge.
Do you have what it takes?
The City Nature Challenge, a four-day race to log natural species all around us, is about getting people outside to look for nature in their own city. The Challenge started in 2016 when the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Country held a citizen science event focused on urban biodiversity. Now, it’s expanded to include cities around the world.
On April 27-30, Challenge participants will take pictures of wild plants and animals using the iNaturalist app (here is the Minneapolis/St. Paul page). On May 1-3, scientists will identify what was found. The Challenge, and Climate Generation, invites you to participate and find wildlife, take pictures, and share your observations.
Are you (or your students) nervous about getting outside because you haven’t logged species before or you don’t know how to use the iNaturalist app? No sweat. The City Nature Challenge has created a detailed Education Toolkit to help you.
Oh, and remember, it’s a competition! Climate Generation’s programs and resources reach educators around the world, but right now we’re playing for the home team. The winners will be announced on May 4th. May the fourth be with the Twin Cities!Trees, bugs, plants, birds...Do your students have what it takes to win the #CityNatureChallenge? Ready, set, observe! It’s on. #teachclimate Click To Tweet
If you live in the Twin Cities metro area, read more about the Challenge here — there is a number of events happening in the seven-county metro area. If you live somewhere else, here is a list of participating cities.