Embrace the healing power of nature! The City Nature Challenge is back in Pittsburgh for 2020. This year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified the challenge to help keep organizers and participants safe. Using the free iNaturalist app, let’s work together virtually with cities around the world to safely document biodiversity in whatever way we can, even at home or in our neighborhoods.
Kicking off April 24, the challenge runs to the end of the day April 27. Participation is easy! All you need is a camera and the free iNaturalist app (a camera phone or tablet if you have one).
Identification of the photographed species will be crowd-sourced through the online community April 28-May 3. For more details, visit the 2020 Pittsburgh City Nature Challenge project at iNaturalist.
We urge all participants to follow current public health guidelines provided by local governments. Refer to our COVID-19 update page for the latest information.
Educators: Share the City Nature Challenge with your students. Everything you need to get started is right here in this toolkit, and it can be easily adapted for distance learning.
April 24 - April 27: Make Nature Observations!
Where can I make observations?
- You can make observations on a walk after work or online classes.
(Remember to allow 6 feet between yourself and those outside your household. 😊)
- You can make wild observations in your own backyard!
- We'll be posting plenty of ideas about how you can explore nature as a household during social distancing as well.
Check this page and our social media for updates.
April 28 - May 3: Help Identify Other Observations!
Who can help identify observations?
- Anyone can help identify observations in iNaturalist!
You can also agree with other peoples' identifications.
- We will be posting identification best practices as a guide.