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City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge 
of Greater Erie

See you next year!

 This international community science event challenges us to explore the biodiversity around us. Everyone is welcome; all you need to do is download the free iNaturalist app on your phone or tablet, create an account, go outside and start exploring! iNaturalist can be used year-round to identify all sorts of plant and animal species anywhere in the world! In addition, by making observations in the app, you will be contributing to a global wildlife database that scientists can use to inform their research.

The City Nature Challenge was started in 2016 by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and has grown into a global event. Last year, over 400 cities from 44 countries around the world participated in the challenge with over 52,000 observers. Over 45,000 different species were documented during the 4-day event and 2021 also saw the first time that more than 1,000,000 observations were made! 

Any iNaturalist observations made during this 4-day period will be included. Record observations from your backyard, explore the Erie Bayfront, visit a  park, or come to Asbury Woods for a visit!

Check out the iNaturalist website for some great tutorials on how to make an observation, how to identify an observation, and adding a photo. 

Ways to participate

Everyone is welcome! Download the free iNaturalist app from either the App or Play store on your phone or tablet, create an account, and start searching the challenge area, taking geo-tagged pictures as you go. 

Need help getting started? Watch this video tutorial from iNaturalist


List of Events:

Join a group to participate in the City Nature Challenge together! 
All hikes are free and open to the public.

  • Friday, April 26 at 1:00 pm
    Presque Isle State Park (DCNR)
    201 State Street, Erie, PA 16550, met at the Gull Point Trail
    Registration Required

  • Saturday, April 27 at 2:00 pm
    Erie Bayfront
    106 East Front Street, meet at the Blasco Library

  • Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 am
    Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park
    1501 West 6th Street, meet in front of the LEAF building

  • Monday, April 29 at 6:00 pm
    Brown's Farm
    5774 Sterrettania Road, meet at Brown's Farm Barn

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