CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

 

Join us for City Nature Challenge 2023!

We are thrilled to help mobilize people across the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area (all of Snohomish, King and Pierce counties) to join the City Nature Challenge 2023 – a nature observation event using the iNaturalist app. Not familiar with the app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly.

Download the City Nature Challenge flyer

 

City Nature Challenge

Runs from Friday, April 28 – Monday, May 1, 2023


Help the Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area (including Everett, Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and any place within Snohomish, King and Pierce counties!) show the world how biodiverse our region is by making observations of local species during City Nature Challenge!


City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts


You can support this effort by being an observer, helping others identify their observations, or better yet - both!



Observe!

April 28 – May 1, 2023
Take and upload pictures of wild plants and animals.


Identify!

April 28 – May 7, 2023
Help identify what was found.


We encourage everyone to find and document what lives in our own homes, out our windows, on our windowsills and in our backyards, if not in our broader neighborhoods and cities. This can be done by yourself or with your family. You can also participate "online only" by looking through and helping to identify other people's observations!

 

Be an Observer

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone (lots of helpful how-to videos on the iNaturalist website)
  2. Join the 2023 City Nature Challenge: Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area iNaturalist project
  3. Take photos of wild plants, animals and fungi in the Seattle Metro Area
    • This can be inside your house, in your backyard, out your window or in your neighborhood. Please no photos of pets or cultivated plants, but see what "wild" species you can find nearby!
  4. Upload your photos to iNaturalist - from your mobile device or via your computer

 

Help Identify Observations

  1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone
  2. Join the 2023 City Nature Challenge: Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area iNaturalist project
  3. Identify observations to species level. Try searching iNaturalist for observations without identifications or for observations that still need to get down to species.

 

Education Toolkit

Are you a teacher or an educator? Here's a toolkit just for you!

Learn more

How To Participate

 

The Empathy Collaborative is a three-year project working in partnership with south Seattle communities and Antioch University Seattle to co-design opportunities for youth and families. The purpose of this work is to build long term, authentic relationships by designing programming that is responsive to community interest and priorities and reduce traditional barriers to participation in empathy-based programs.

Through a collaboration with the Empathy Collaborative Project and feedback provided by south Seattle communities, the City Nature Challenge now offers supporting resources in Chinese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. This “How To Participate Handout” can be distributed digitally and or printed and displayed on signboards or at community events.


Download the handout


Additional Languages:


How to Participate Handout in Chinese
How to Participate Handout in Russian
How to Participate Handout in Somali
How to Participate Handout in Spanish
How to Participate Handout in Vietnamese

EVENTS

 

Orientation for Educators & Other Group Leaders

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m.


We’re looking for educators, outdoor group leaders, land managers and any other movers and shakers in the naturalist and environmental education world to join us in engaging our audiences in this amazing event. Join your SeaTac CNC planning team for this fun and informative virtual session and learn how you and your network can help lead participation in this global event. Let’s get people outdoors and engaged with their nearby nature!



Who is This For?


Educators (classroom, informal, nature, outdoor, etc.) and other group and environmental leaders in King, Pierce or Snohomish Counties who want to help get people engaged in City Nature Challenge 2023.


What We'll Cover


We’ll cover the basics of the event, using the iNaturalist app and share some fun stories of past events. We will also discuss creative ideas for how best to recruit, motivate and lead others to engage in this event.


Registration


Advance registration is required After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register

 

Orientation for Individuals & Families

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Join your SeaTac CNC planning team for a fun and informative virtual session and learn how you can help wildlife and wild places by logging your observations in your backyard, local park or other natural area during this global event!



Who is This For?


Anyone in King, Pierce or Snohomish Counties that is interested in learning more about the City Nature Challenge.


What We'll Cover


We’ll cover the basics of this popular worldwide event and its history. We’ll learn how to use the iNaturalist app and share tips for making and documenting observations of the many wild birds, bugs and plants that call our area home. We will also have plenty of time to answer questions and chat with our neighbors!


Registration


Advance registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Register

RESULTS

 


Seattle-Tacoma CNC Planning Committee: Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Seattle Parks, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife's Habitat@Home Program, Green Tukwila/City of Tukwila. City Nature Challenge is co-organized by San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.


Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves wildlife and inspires everyone to make conservation a priority in their lives.

Land Acknowledgment

Woodland Park Zoo recognizes that these are the lands of the Tribal signatories of the Treaty of Point Elliott. We acknowledge their stewardship of this place continues to this day and that it is our responsibility to join them to restore the relationship with the living world around us.

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Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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