What is the City Nature Challenge?
The City Nature Challenge is an international effort encouraging people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities around the globe. From April 24-27, 2020, people around the world will document their local nature using iNaturalist in the City Nature Challenge 2020. In conjunction with our partners, The Natural History Museum of Utah will lead a team of 8 counties (Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, Wasatch, Weber) in Northern Utah as a unified urban area called The Wasatch. Residents of these counties are encouraged to join the effort to record the nature all around us!
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's City Nature Challenge will not be a competition between cities. Instead, the challenge will embrace its collaborative spirit and the healing aspects of nature to allow people to document their local biodiversity in whatever way they can.
Why Participate in the City Nature Challenge?
We are surrounded by nature in our neighborhoods, parks, and even in our downtowns. Knowing what species live near us helps us study and protect them, and the best way to do this is by all of us – scientists, land managers, and the community – working together to find and document the nature all around us. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place – for you and other species!
How to Participate:
- Create an account on iNaturalist (and download the app for your mobile device)
- Follow The Wasatch iNaturalist project for updates
- Find wildlife in your area (any wild living thing- or evidence of a wild living thing)
- Take a picture (or several) of what you find
- Share your observation on iNaturalist!
Regarding COVID-19: As a participant in the challenge, please adhere to current government regulations, and take part in whatever way you feel most comfortable to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe.
iNaturalist Video Tutorials:
- City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit
- National Geographic Backyard Bioblitz
- Tracy Aviary: Common Utah Birds
- Exploring nature in and around your home
Connect with City Nature Challenge Partners Across Utah!
Visit the City Nature Challenge - The Wasatch Facebook Page to keep up with local virtual events, challenges and resources. Here are some specific offerings from partners:
Ogden Nature Center:
Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter:
Special thanks to our 2020 Partners:
Hutchings Museum, Jordan River Commission, Ogden Nature Center, Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City Library, Salt Lake County Library, Stokes Nature Center, Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter, Thanksgiving Point, The Nature Conservancy, Tracy Aviary, US Department of Agriculture, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Utah's Hogle Zoo, Utah Open Lands