There is nature in every city, and the best way to study it is by connecting community and scientists through citizen science. With human populations worldwide increasingly concentrated in cities, the study of urban biodiversity is quickly becoming integral to the future of plants and wildlife on Earth. Large pools of data, including those built through the free app iNaturalist and natural history museums, help authorities make informed conservation decisions that allow humans to coexist sustainably with the plants and animals in their neighborhoods. The third annual City Nature Challenge calls on current and aspiring citizen scientists, nature and science fans, and people of all ages and science backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of plants, animals, and fungi across the world using the free app iNaturalist.
We are celebrating the City Nature Challenge at the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom on April 28. Come visit the Woodland any time from 9 am to 4 pm to explore the plants and animals in this diverse natural area and learn how to share your observations with scientists across the world.
Bring: water bottle and a device to collect data (phone or paper and pencil)