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We are surrounded by nature in our neighborhoods, parks, and even in our downtowns. Between April 27 and April 30, residents of cities around the world are competing to document their urban nature with the iNaturalist app in the City Nature Challenge 2018. The Natural History Museum of Utah is leading a City Nature Challenge team for five counties along the Wasatch. Join an international citizen science quest and explore the rich biodiversity in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit and Utah Counties in the City Nature Challenge 2018: The Wasatch.
Accept the Challenge
Participating in the City Nature Challenge is easy. Use iNatuarlist to contribute observations of wild plants and animals between April 27 and April 30 anyplace in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit 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.
Find a City Nature Challenge Event Near You
Spend time outside with family and friends exploring nature with one of our great City Nature Challenge partners. If you can't make it to an event, don't worry. You can contribute observations the City Nature Challenge 2018 any time between April 27 and April 30.
Salt Lake County
Saturday, April 28, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Join NHMU for a bioblitz at the Fife Wetland Preserve on the Jordan River. Click here for details.
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Explore and document the biodiversity of the Odgen Nature Center at a bioblitz. Cilick here for details.
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join The Nature Conservancy for a bioblitz at Kay's Creek in the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. Click here for details.
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Head to the Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter for a bioblitz and guided nature walks. Click here for details.
Saturday, April 28 and Monday, April 30
Join Thanksgiving Point for a bioblitz at each of our venues focused on the world of insects. Click here for details.
Compete for the Wasatch Team and Win Prizes for Yourself
Make observations of 10 different wild animals or plants and receive one free admission to the Natural History Museum of Utah (limit of one admission per person).
The top observers in the City Nature Challenge 2018: The Wastach can win a variety of prizes, including:
- A special foothills walk with NHMU entomologist Christy Bills to learn expert tips for finding and identifying insects, spiders, and bugs
- A family membership at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter
- A nature-themed gift basket from the Ogden Nature Center
- A guided bird tour of the Legacy Nature Preserve with experts from The Nature Conservancy
- A family membership at Thanksgiving Point
Keep Tabs on the Competition
Check back here when the City Nature Challenge 2018 starts on April 27 to see how the Wasatch Team is doing in the international competion and explore the great observations being made along the Wasatch. You'll also be able to see how your observation count stacks up with your fellow Wasatch observers.
Special thanks to our City Nature Challenge 2018 partners: