An international Success!
From April 29-May 2, 2022, Utah's Wasatch joined over 450 cities around the globe to record local nature on iNaturalist. Collectively, over 67,000 people made more than 1.6 million observations in 4 days, shattering any previous City Nature Challenge record. These observations highlight and record biodiversity around the globe, and provide important insights into species distribution, informing knowledge and research for years to come.
The City Nature Challenge will be back in Utah Spring 2023!
Finding Urban Nature is as Easy as Taking a Photo!
Nature is all around us in Northern Utah – especially in our urban settings, and each spring we join hundreds of cities around the globe to photograph nature during The City Nature Challenge! This annual international effort encourages people to find and photograph plants and wildlife in cities around the globe using iNaturalist. We call our "city" Utah's Wasatch (a combination of Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, Wasatch, and Weber Counties).
How to take part
Take Photos of Wild Things
- ANY plants, animals, fungi, etc. that you see in and around Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah, Wasatch, and Weber counties!
Add Photos to iNaturalist
- It's a free platform you can use on a phone or computer. Learn more.
- NHMU iNaturalist tips
- Follow Utah's Wasatch iNaturalist project to see results from the 2022 CNC
- Help ID what people find.
Revisit 2021 Virtual Programs
- Neighborhood Nature: Spring in Utah! Presentation with local biologists
- Stay Curious Utah lessons for students
Continuing Education Resources:
- Explore results, continue to discover local biodiversity, and prepare for the 2022 Challenge with this City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit
- Host a bioblitz around your home with National Geographic Backyard Bioblitz
- Explore Common Utah Birds with this guide from the Tracy Aviary
- Explore nature in and around your home