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Neighborhood Naturalists

What's living in your neighborhood?

  • Are you curious about the plants and animals living around you?
  • Would you like to help improve the health of our wild urban spaces?
  • Looking for a great way to spend time outside with family and friends?

Neighborhood Naturalists invites citizen scientists—people like you—to discover nature by photographing wild plants and animals living all around us. These photos help guide local research and restoration efforts.

Connect with Neighborhood Naturalists this summer

Trailside BioBlitz - July 10

A BioBlitz is an event where citizen scientists, scientists, land managers, museum staff, and more work together to find, identify, and photograph as many different species as possible. This summer, we'll be gathering at one of our favorite spots to bioblitz, the Fred & Ila Rose Fife Wetland Preserve.

2021 Spider Fest Utah BioBlitz - August 2-8

  • Explore on your own during this statewide bioblitz. Utah is home to over 600 species of spiders. Every fall, Antelope Island State Park celebrates these species during Spider Fest. NHMU is hosting a statewide bioblitz during this year's festival, and we're asking Utahns to make iNaturalist observations of spiders anywhere in the state from August 2-8, 2021. How many spider species do you think you can find? 

Neighborhood Naturalists for Kids - virtual resources 

  • We launched a new web series dedicated to exploring our local nature called Neighborhood Naturalists for Kids during Summer 2020. The pages are still live - check them out for fun activities and resources! Explore Neighborhood Naturalists for Kids.

More about Neighborhood Naturalists 

Who can participate in SLC Neighborhood Naturalist programs and events?

Anyone! If you're curious about the natural world, enjoy walking along trails, and like turning over leaves and stones, this program is for you. Kids are welcome. All events are free and open to the public.

Do I need scientific knowledge or experience to participate?

Nope, although we welcome experts to join us. Just bring your mobile device and your powers of observation. We use the iNaturalist app to document the plants and animals we find. To get started, explore our webpage all about iNaturalist:  

What do I need to bring?

Whether you are exploring your own backyard, on a hike, or joining in an in-person NHMU event, here's what we recommend:

  • Camera: If you plan to take photographs using your phone, bring your mobile device with the iNaturalist app downloaded and account set-up. If you prefer to use a different camera, you can use this to photograph need help getting set up, and then add your photos to iNaturalist from a computer when you get home (you will need to set up a free online iNaturalist account to do this).

  • Long pants, closed-toe shoes, a water bottle, and sunscreen will help keep you safe and comfortable. You may want a daypack, jacket, or hat. Feel free to also bring your favorite field guide on plants, birds, insects, etc.

What is a Citizen Scientist?

A Citizen Scientist is a person taking part in science-related activities that advance scientific knowledge or community action (National Academy of Sciences 2018). 

What data have you already collected?

View our Citizen Science-collected data from Neighborhood Naturalist events on iNaturalist over the years to see what and where we have observed so far.  

Special thanks to our partners: