New York City Nature Challenge 4/14-18

Start spreading the news: Macaulay Honors College is leading the charge for New York City in the City Nature Challenge 2017!

We’re recruiting college students, school kids, parents, park lovers, pedestrians, and anyone else with a bit of civic pride and a smart phone. #CityNatureChallenge

Grab a friend and join any of these events around New York City. We’ll add more details as we receive them.

4/15 11:00am-2:00 pm
Lower East Side Ecology Center

4/14 or 4/15 11:00am-2:00 pm
Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island 
 (718) 351-3450

4/18 9:00am-11:00am
Washington Square Park 
WSP Eco Projects 

Macaulay students, you can help out!

1. Volunteer to become an iNaturalist expert.

We have several park partners that are hosting events related to the City Nature Challenge. They would love to have a few awesome Macaulay students to help people make iNaturalist observations.

Please fill out this form ( by Tuesday 3/28 if you would like to be one of these volunteers. The time commitment would be a 1 hour training at MHC and at least 2 hours at a park with one of our partners. These hours would count towards your community service.

2. Make some iNaturalist observations between April 14 and 18.

Download the iNaturalist app and get out there!
You don’t need to join the CNC:NYC project, any observation you make using iNaturalist in the five boroughs during this time will be automatically collected in the project, but if you want to get updates, you can join here:

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kelly O’Donnell (

Last year the City Nature Challenge featured a stand-off between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with over 20,000 observations logged by more than 1,000 citizen scientists. This year, participation has been expanded to 16 cities across the US, and Macaulay wants to see New York City finish in first place!

Participation is free, but building a living record of life on Earth to help scientists monitor changes in biodiversity is priceless.

RESULTS: April 14-18, you’ll be able to see the observations in real time. Then, on April 22 (Earth Day), iNaturalist will announce the results.