City Nature Challenge 2017: The Wasatch Front

April 14 - April 18

See Nature. Take Photos.
Do Science. Win Prizes.

We are surrounded by natural beauty in our neighborhoods, parks, open spaces, and even in our downtowns. Between April 14 and April 18, cities across the country are competing to document their urban nature with the iNaturalist app in the City Nature Challenge 2017. The Natural History Museum of Utah is leading a City Nature Challenge team for the Wasatch Front. Some of the cities participating are heavy hitters, like Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York, but they can't compete with the amazing nature along the Wasatch Front. Join NHMU on a citizen science quest to showcase our rich biodiversity in the City Nature Challenge 2017: The Wasatch Front.

Accept the Challenge

Participating in the City Nature Challenge is easy. Contribute observations between April 14 and April 18 anyplace in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, or Utah County.

  • Download the free iNaturalist app to your mobile device
  • Take photos to make observations of wild plants and animals in your backyard, a park, the foothills - anywhere you find nature
  • Upload your photos to iNaturalist
  • Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations 

 Watch a short iNaturalist tutorial to learn how to make great observations.

Compete for Your County and Win Prizes

Which county along the Wasatch Front will make the most iNaturalist observations during the City Nature Challenge? NHMU has joined forces with Thanksgiving Point and the Ogden Nature Center to find out. It's Salt Lake County vs Utah County vs Weber and Davis counties combined. When you compete for the glory of your county, you can win prizes for yourself.

  • Make observations of 10 different animals or plants and receive one free admission to the Natural History Museum of Utah (limit of one admission per person).
  • The top City Nature Challenge iNaturalist observer in each of the three county groups will get to attend a special foothills walk with NHMU entomologist Christy Bills to learn expert tips for finding and identifying insects, spiders, and bugs. Plus they will receive a family membership at Thanksgiving Point and a gift basket of items from the Odgen Nature Center gift shop.

Check back here when the Challenge begins on April 14 to watch the observations roll in and see which county is ahead.

Find a City Nature Challenge Activity 

Participate in great City Nature Challenge activities with NHMU (below), Thanksgiving Point, and the Ogden Nature Center.

Special thanks to our City Nature Challenge 2017 partners:



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