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City Nature Challenge 2018

City Nature Challenge 2018

City Nature Challenge- Regional BioBlitz with iNaturalist

The Nature Institute challenges you to become a Citizen Scientist! Go outside during April 27 through April 30, whether you are at your school, home, work, or on TNI trails, and take photos of what you see using the iNaturalist app. The largest impact that you can make towards sustainability is the efforts you make in your own town. Record what you see, assist in this regional BioBlitz, and help us to properly manage our biodiversity. Learn more about this project: https://goo.gl/SnY6aQ

Posted by The Nature Institute on Friday, April 20, 2018

Join The Nature Institute with others in the St. Louis region by participating in the STL City Nature Challenge 2018. This exciting effort will involve 65 cities around the world — each striving to observe as many species of plants, birds and animals as possible during the City Nature Challenge period, April 27-30, 2018. Participate on your own, or join some of the TNI’s scheduled activities or other host sites around the St. Louis region. Learn more at the St. Louis Region’s iNaturalist site.

Friday, April 27 | Science at School
Local students and teachers will make observations at and near their local school grounds and campuses. Visit HERE for lesson plans for your own classroom. 

Saturday, April 28 | Neighborhood Naturalists
Make observations of nature and wildlife found in local residential areas—backyards, parks, and nearby paths.This day is all about TNI’s Olin Nature Preserve. Head out to TNI and trek the trails on your own or listen in on a few Citizen Science project discussions lead by local environmentalists. Speakers include:

  • Natalie Marioni on RiverWatch at 10:30 a.m.
  • Dr. Patrick Dailey on Monarch Watch/Milkweed Insects at 1 p.m.
  • Brent Schindewolf on eBird at 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 29 | National Park Rx Day
Celebrate by tracking plant and animal species in your favorite local park. TNI will be on site at Heartland Prairie, located at Gordon Moore Park, to discuss prairies and pollinators. Learn how you can help our eco-system by planting native prairie plants. Green Thumb Nursery will be onsite selling some of these plants from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Monday, April 30 | Wildlife at Work
Check for biological species outside of places of work and in business areas of the City and region. Where ever you are, go outside on your work break. Take a photo of what you see. Own a business? Take the pledge to let us know that you are sharing this opportunity with your staff! 

The Nature Institute is excited to be a host site for this challenge with the City of St. Louis, MO Botanical Garden, STL Zoo and more to represent the Madison County region for this challenge. Be sure to drop by and record what is on TNI trails or download a kit for your school or work place!

How to participate in this challenge


  • Step 1: Sign up an account with iNaturalist. You can do this through the app or online at www.iNaturalist.org.
  • Step 2: Join these three projects:
    • City Nature Challenge 2018: STL
    • TNI Biodiversity Olin Nature Preserve
    • TNI Biodiversity Heartland Prairie
  • Step 3: Go outside and take photos of what you see. This can be with the open app or with your personal camera (you can upload photos at anytime at iNaturalist.org).
  • Step 4: Identify your finding. You may not know what it is, but that’s okay. The program will give you suggestions or you can leave it blank. 
  • Step 5: Tag your photo with the three projects above. This helps us find your photo.

That’s it! Only 5 steps for you and then we will take it from there. Your photos will be able to be exported with a list and counted towards our regional BioBlitz. Be sure to record during the entire weekend. No matter where you are! 

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