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  • Macaulay Honors College invites everyone to participate in the 2024 City Nature Challenge April 26 – 29.
  • Free events for nature lovers throughout the New York City.
  • Every New Yorker is invited to contribute to citizen science and urban biodiversity.

Macaulay Honors College is pleased to be the official organizer of the 2024 City Nature Challenge for the City of New York for the eighth consecutive year. The college has connected with dozens of public parks, preservation societies, gardens, and other organizations throughout the five boroughs to offer fun, free events to nature lovers of all ages. Events take place over the weekend of April 26 – 29, 2024

Along with volunteer student guides, faculty, and local scientists, Challenge participants will use smartphones to record as many examples of urban wildlife as they can. The information will latera be used by scientists and researchers to help improve biodiversity and sustainablility in New York City—and beyond.

“City Nature Challenge is not a contest,” explains Macaulay Director of Science Forward, Dr. Kelly O’Donnell. “But we all win when we explore nature within our community, have fun, and contribute data that can be used to make New York City greener and healthier for everyone.”

A kickoff event, free and open to all,  will take place at Macaulay Honors College on April 26 at 10AM. Attendees will hear from Macaulay Dean Dara Byrne, PhD and Dr. O’Donnell before heading to nearby Central Park for a brief, guided nature walk.

A constantly-updated list of City Nature Challenge events and more information is available here.

The City Nature Challenge is organized on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. The 2024 New York City Nature Challenge is generously supported by the New York City Council and the office of Council Member Gale Brewer.

Dr. Kelly O’Donnell