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City Nature Challenge

City Nature Challenge 2022:
Greater Erie

Get outside with us April 29 – May 2 during the City Nature Challenge. 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 from either the App or Play store 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! The Greater Erie region is joining the challenge this year and we need your help to put Erie on City Nature Challenge’s map.

Any iNaturalist observations made in Pennsylvania north of 1-90 during this 4-day period will be included. Record observations from your backyard, explore the Erie Bayfront, visit a town park, or come to Asbury Woods for a visit! Asbury Woods and our partners will make participation even easier for you by hosting iNaturalist trainings and identification hikes.

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

Prepare for the City Nature Challenge

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iNaturalist trainings

Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, April 24
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
FREE, no registration required

Learn how to use iNaturalist and practice during a hike afterward

City Nature Challenge Events

Family Hike

Homeschool City Nature Challenge Hike 

Join volunteer and fellow homeschool parent Natalie Waddell-Rutter, in a City Nature Challenge hike at Asbury Woods. You will learn how to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone and then hike the trails at Asbury Woods to add your observations to the Greater Erie City Nature Challenge. All ages are welcome to participate but you need to be 13 to download the app. Appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy walking shoes or boots are a must.

Date: Friday,  April 29 
Age: All ages (Must be 13 to download the app)
Time: 1:00 –2:30 pm
FREE: registration required

Register Here

Asbury Woods hikes

Join us for a hike at Asbury Woods and contribute to the Greater Erie City Nature Challenge 
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
Times: 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
FREE, no registration required

Asbury Woods trainings

Not sure how to use inaturalist? Let our Educators teach you in a training before the hike.
Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1
Times: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.
Location: Nature Center
FREE, no registration required

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Community Events

  • Erie County Department of Health Walk
    Friday, April 29
    Times: 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 pm.
    Location: Erie County Department of Health & Bayview Park
    FREE, Registration required. Email Leann Sestak
    Join the Erie County Department of Health and Penn State Extension for a walk-in Bayview Park to participate in the Greater Erie City Nature Challenge! We’ll start at the Health Department and walk along the Bayview Walkway and back. Local features will include Bayview Park and the Health Department Pollinator Garden. There will be two waves of walks, one at 4:45 and one at 5:15. Each walk will proceed with a short iNaturalist training.

  • Friends of Wintergreen Gorge Walk
    Date: Sunday, May 1
    Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Penn State Behrend Science Building parking lot trailhead
    Please sign up at the Friends of Wintergreen Gorge group page

  • North East Walk
    Date: Saturday, April 30
    Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
    Location: McCord Memorial Library
    FREE, No registration required
    Bring a web-accessible device to install the iNaturalist app. After a short introduction to the iNaturalist app, we will walk around town to make observations, weather permitting.

  • Our West Bayfront Walk
    Date: Saturday, April 30
    Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Location: Cascade Park
    FREE, Registration required. Please sign up at
    Join the Our West Bayfront neighborhood in this citizens' science project to identify as many plants and wildlife in our community as possible! By making observations in the iNaturalist app, you and others will be contributing to a global wildlife database.
    The event is free and open to all ages, and devices will be provided to anyone who needs one. (Children must be accompanied by an adult). The group will be guided by Gannon University biology professors. Meet up at 10:30 a.m. at Cascade Park (corner of West 3rd and Cascade Street).

  • Presque Isle Audubon at Shade’s Beach
    Friday, April 29
    Times: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Location: Shade’s Beach, 7000 E. Lake Rd, Harborcreek, PA
    FREE, No registration is required. Meet in the parking lot, wear boots, and bring kids!
    Contact with questions.

  • Tom Ridge Environmental Center Walk
    Dates: Saturday, April 30
    Times: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Tom Ridge Environmental Center
    FREE, Registration is required.
    Register each individual separately by April 27th by going to  
    Presque Isle State Park will lead a group on the property adjacent to the Tom Ridge Environmental Center to log photos on April 30th from 1-3 p.m. You can download the iNaturalist app for free on your phone or limited ipads will be available for use during the program. For more information, please contact the Presque Isle State Park office, located on the second floor of the Tom Ridge Environmental Center, at 814-833-7424. 

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