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Join us for the City Nature Challenge 2021! The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. We have partnered with ten organizations across Waterloo Region to get our community outside and noticing the natural beauty around us. Let’s show the world the unique species that live right here! Taking part is easy: 

  1. From April 30-May 3, take pictures of wild things. It can be any plant, animal, or any other evidence of life found in your backyard, neighbourhood or park that is wild (not cultivated).  
  2. From April 30-May 3, upload your photos as “observations” on the iNaturalist app. iNaturalist is a free app available for your phone, tablet or computer.  
  3. From May 4-9, help us “identify” all the species we found in our group page on iNaturalist.

For more information, visit the the City Nature Challenge website.  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. 

Visit the iNaturalist website for instructions and tutorials, and click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

Our Partners:

In addition to participating in the Challenge itself, you can enjoy these great programs that highlight the biodiversity around us:

Wildlife Photography in Waterloo Region, Tuesday April 13 at 7:00pm
EcoSpark’s Kids BioDiversity Training, Thursday April 22 at 2:00pm
Birds in Your Hood, Tuesday April 27 at 2:00pm
Getting Started with iNaturalist, Wednesday April 28 at 7:00pm
A Virtual Visit with the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Tuesday May 4 at 2:00pm