What's living in your neighborhood?
SLC Neighborhood Naturalist engages citizen science volunteers—like you—in finding and identifying the wild plants and animals living in three open spaces managed by Salt Lake City. City staff will use the data we gather to help guide their management and restoration efforts.
Join us at the Backman Community Open Space on the Jordan River on Saturday, August 24th, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Stop by at your convenience. Our headquarters will be located on the west bank of the Jordan River at 578 Riverside Drive. Click here
to view the location in Google Maps. *If parking is full along Riverside Dr, you can also park on the east side of the river, at Backman Elementary. The walk to the Bioblitz site is ~5 minutes from the elementary school, along 700 N.
All program activities will be provided in Spanish and English.
Exciting improvements are underway for the Backman Community Open Space. In fall 2019, a bridge will break ground, connecting nearby neighborhoods with Backman Elementary School. Additionally, the Open Space will be developed into a formal Salt Lake City Park. Before these updates take place, NHMU is gathering data about the species living in the Open Space, to inform Salt Lake City Trails & Natural Lands about the biodiversity of the area prior to construction.
Read more about updates to the Backcman Community Open Space here
What do I need to bring?
- Bring your mobile device. If you don't have a mobile device, we'll have some on hand you can check out. If possible, download the iNaturalist app and set up your account before you arrive. If you need help getting set up, we'll be happy to assist you at the event.
- 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 bring your favorite field guide to plants, birds, insects, etc.
What else will there be to do at this SLC Neighborhood Naturalists event?
We'll have hands-on nature activities for kids plus snacks and water for all to enjoy.
Watch a short iNaturalist tutorial to learn how to make great observations.