City Nature Challenge 2018

What is It?

The New York City Nature Challenge is part of a global campaign to bring together nature lovers of all ages in the greenspaces of their communities to record examples of urban wildlife with smartphones.

Throughout April 27-30, public parks, preservation societies, gardens and other natural organizations around New York City’s five boroughs will host City Nature Challenge events that are open to all.

After observation days have ended, the iNaturalist community will help properly identify and catalog the species in a marathon tech session. Final results will be announced by iNaturalist (and on this page) on May 7.


Why is Citizen Science Important?

Citizen science demonstrates that science is for everyone and can be done by anyone. Participating in scientific efforts helps to improve science literacy for all. City Nature Challenge contributes to our understanding of urban wildlife in New York City and the planet as a whole.


Volunteer Opportunities

For as little as 3 hours (and a brief training) students can receive community service credit for volunteering. There will be convenient locations throughout the city. MORE


Participating Parks

There will opportunities in all each of the five boroughs for New Yorkers of any age to participate in the City Nature Challenge. This list will be updated as other organizations become involved.

Brooklyn North Brooklyn Parks
The Bronx Pelham Bay Park
Van Cortlandt Park
New York Botanical Garden EcoFlora Project (citywide)
Manhattan (to be announced)
Queens Flushing Meadows Corona Park
North Queens Parks
Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
Staten Island Greenbelt
H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youth


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Groups Welcome

Contact us for info about bringing your students, or other nature lovers.


Special Thanks

New York City Parks Department, Friends of the Queensway, Manhattan Expeditionary Learning School, Natural Areas Conservancy and Natural Resources Group, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Greenbelt Nature Center, HEALTH for Youth, NYC EcoFlora Project, California Academy of Sciences.