CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 


Join us in a fun nature observation competition!

Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 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 – a friendly nature-observation competition using the iNaturalist app. Not familiar with the app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly.

 

City Nature Challenge runs from Friday, April 24 – Monday, April 27, 2020

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 as many observations of as many species as possible during City Nature Challenge!

Find out more on the Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan City Nature Challenge 2020 iNaturalist project page.

The City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts
April 24 - 27 - Observe! Take and upload pictures of wild plants and animals
April 28 - May 4 - Identify! Help identify what was found

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


To 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 2020 City Nature Challenge: Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area iNaturalist project
  3. Take photos of wild plants, animals and fungi in the Seattle Metro Area
    • Only species in the wild count for this competition! Cultivated plants in a garden or non-native animals at the zoo won’t be counted as observations for City Nature Challenge.
  4. Upload your photos to iNaturalist - from your mobile device or via your computer

To help identify observations:


  1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone
  2. Join the 2020 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

Check your local library branch, nature center, park, zoo or aquarium to learn of events you can join during the City Nature Challenge weekend to log observations with others! Here are a few options to get you started:

 


Woodland Park Zoo

We encourage you to come to Woodland Park Zoo and help us contribute observations of the diverse native animals – such as birds and insects – that frequent our zoo grounds!

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Pt. Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

We encourage you to come to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and help us contribute observations of the diverse native animals - such as birds and insects - that frequent our zoo grounds and the adjacent park!

Learn more


Education Toolkit

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

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