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Celebrate Our Local Nature, Join the City Nature Challenge

The University of Iowa is collaborating with Green Iowa AmeriCorps and Johnson County communities to join 400+ cities around the world in documenting nature as part of the City Nature Challenge!  From April 26-29, 2024, people in Johnson County, IA are encouraged to photograph WILD plants and animals in backyards, in parks, along city streets, on school grounds, or any place in Johnson County.

Simply use iNaturalist to make observations, and they’ll be added to the Johnson County Project.

2024 Johnson County Project


2024 Participation

Participating is Easy:

1. Download the iNaturalist app and make an account (Apple) (Android)

2. Take photos of WILD plants, animals, and insects anywhere in Iowa City between April 26-29, 2024

3. Upload your discoveries to iNaturalist

4. Follow the results to see the wildlife that is found in Johnson County

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More Resources

Check out these great resources that will help you learn more about the City Nature Challenge and how to use the iNaturalist app.

Education Toolkit

How To Use iNaturalist Video

FAQ

Learn More About iNaturalist

New to iNaturalist? Follow these links for some great tips on how to get started and how to become a better identifier!

Getting Started

Let's ID Some Arthropods

Learn More About the City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is organized by the citizen science teams at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences.
www.citynaturechallenge.org


2022 Results

For the first time ever, the University of Iowa joined 400+ cities around the world to document nature as part of the City Nature Challenge!  From April 29th – May 2nd, 2022, people in Iowa City photographed plants and animals in backyards, in parks, along city streets, on school grounds, and in many other spots in Iowa City.  They used the iNaturalist app to upload their photos to the Iowa City project!  Check out what was discovered in Iowa City during the City Nature Challenge!

2022 Findings