CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

 

Join us for City Nature Challenge 2021!

Woodland Park Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Northwest Trek Wildlife Park 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 2021 – 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 30 – Monday, May 3, 2021


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!

Find out more on the Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan City Nature Challenge 2021 iNaturalist project page.


The 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 30 – May 3, 2021
Take and upload pictures of wild plants and animals.


Identify!

April 30 – May 9, 2021
Help identify what was found.


Please keep an eye on your local and federal health recommendations to help you decide how you want to participate. 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 2021 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 2021 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

EVENTS

 

Orientation for Educators & Other Group Leaders

Monday, March 15th, 2021, 2:30-3:45 p.m. PST


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 Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Staff 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 wants to help get people engaged in City Nature Challenge 2021


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

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 3:30-4:45 p.m. PST


Join Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Staff 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 2021 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

 


City Nature Challenge is co-organized by San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.