City Nature Challenge

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Celebrate Our Local Nature, Join in the City Nature Challenge

For the first time ever, the University of Iowa is joining 400+ cities around the world to document nature as part of the City Nature Challenge! You can contribute to citizen science during this global biodiversity challenge no matter where you are in Iowa City! Observations collected during this period are used for monitoring biodiversity and ecological research.

From April 29th – May 2nd, find and photograph plants and animals in your backyard, in parks, along city streets, on school grounds - anywhere you find nature in Iowa City.  Then, simply use the iNaturalist app to upload your photos and add them to the Iowa City project!

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 29 and May 2

3. Upload your discoveries to iNaturalist

4. Follow the results to see the wildlife that is found in Iowa City

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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


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.