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City Nature Challenge
April 24-27, 2020
We're excited to be the local organizers for the 2020 City Nature Challenge. People in urban areas globally will be out around their homes observing species, activating people, and having fun with nature! We're encouraging exploration in your back yard. Please follow your local ordinances and recommendations in terms of social distancing and travel. For most of us in the region, that means we'll be in our own backyards or exploring along public streets in our neighborhoods.
We'll be encouraging people from all over the greater 16-county Chattanooga region to observe nature and upload those observations to iNaturalist. To see what's already being observed around the region, visit the Thrive Regional Partnership Biodiversity Project on iNaturalist.
The City Nature Challenge is organized on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences and locally in Chattanooga, TN by Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center.
To stay up to date and be in the loop with our planning meetings, iNaturalist training events, and ID parties, sign up for our email newsletter.
Ready to join us?
3) Post a few test observations
4) Start exploring your back yard on Friday!*
For more details and a few considerations for how to use iNaturalist during the challenge, watch the backyard citizen science training we recorded below. Any questions? Reach out to Corey Hagen at [email protected]
*If posting around your house, we encourage you to "obscure" your location for privacy, but please don't mark the location as "private," as that will not allow your observation to appear in our project.
stay in touch.
We'll have a variety of virtual events leading up to the big 4-day Challenge period of April 24-27. Additionally, we need experts in all taxons to help with IDs.
If you're an educator and want to get involved with your classes, please contact [email protected] and we'd love to help.