City Nature Challenge 2017: Get started with iNaturalist and SciStarter

By Catherine Hoffman | April 5, 2017 6:19 pm

city nature challengeApril 14-18, 16 cities across the United States will participate in the City Nature Challenge by going outside to document species through the iNaturalist app!  The widely anticipated event, brought to you by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences, also makes it easy for participants to earn credit for their iNaturalist observations through their SciStarter dashboards!

Here’s how:

  1. Download the iNaturalist app and select a username
  2. Add your iNaturalist username to your SciStarter account settings (it’s free and easy to sign up if you don’t have an account)
  3. Find a City Nature Challenge near you and prepare to go wild on April 14!
Are you organizing a City Nature Challenge? You can easily share these instructions for linking iNaturalist and SciStarter accounts with your participants.

Results will be shared on Earth Day, April 22, here. 

Continue to track your contributions to iNaturalist and many other urban citizen science projects through your SciStarter dashboard!

The City Nature Challenge is the kickoff to Citizen Science Day, presented by SciStarter in collaboration with the Citizen Science Association. Find and participate in an event near you between April 14 and May 20.

City Nature Challenge Participating cities include:

San Francisco



New York City



Dallas/Fort Worth

Minneapolis/St. Paul




Washington D.C.

Salt Lake City



Los Angeles

Want more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Citizen Science, Events
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    Shared observations, sightings, recording and information has been a useful and rewarding feature of the internet for years.

    Bird migration, rare bird and animal sightings, historical tree recording, wild orchid afficcianados and many other interests, occupy hundreds of thousands of nature lovers, hobbyists and the general public on web sites, Usenet, and amateur newsletters, individual forums and outdoor weekend gatherings.

    As I look at the “1100 Projects” put forward by CSS, and checking on their outcomes, I am struck by how all roads lead to Rome. The Holy Grail, Climate Change.

    The list of “Project Co-ordinators” is populated by climate “activists”, and the lure of meeting “like minded” folks, and hearing “guest speakers” with a political agenda, (write to your congressman), (raise awareness) sounds like a political effort to jump in front of an already popular marching band, and co-opt and “direct” the effort.

    The 16 major urban centers listed above are more Sanctuary City, than hotbeds of nature lovers :)

    But that’s just me!


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About Catherine Hoffman

Catherine Hoffman is science education enthusiast who sees citizen science as a way to engage people in the process of real science. She has contributed to a variety of science outreach endeavors in museums, classrooms, and aquariums as both an educator and program coordinator. She holds a Masters of Science from the University of British Columbia where she became passionate about connecting researchers with educators and students. You’ll find Catherine’s mark on SciStarter at our Twitter and Facebook pages where she helps promote projects, newsletters, and blogs. When she’s not tweeting, you can most likely find her at the beach in sunny Southern California.


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