City Nature Challenge 2022

What is It?

Macaulay Honors College is thrilled to be the official New York City host of the City Nature Challenge for the 6th consecutive year. Join us in supporting science education, sustainability, and environmental awareness. Over 370 cities will participate this year!

Throughout the weekend of April 29 – May 2, New Yorkers can safely get outside to photograph examples of urban wildlife throughout the five boroughs, supported by Macaulay Honors College, and inspired by virtual events.


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).


Why is Community Science Important?

Science exploration is for everyone—and can be done by anyone. Participating in these projects 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.

Exploring the natural world (safely distanced from other) is relaxing and fun—a great way to center yourself after months indoors.


Special Thanks

California Academy of Sciences, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Bronx River Alliance, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Freshkills Park Alliance, Friends of Spuyten Duyvil, Genspace, Green-Wood Cemetery, Greenbelt Conservancy, Hudson River Parks Trust, Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Latino Outdoors, Lower East Side Ecology Center, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Manhattan Land Trust, March for Science NYC, New York Botanical Garden, NYC H2O, NYC Parks, NYC Pollinator Working Group, Torrey Botanical Society, Randall’s Island Park Alliance, Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, Washington Square Park EcoProjects



Email or text/call (262) 228-8682.