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City Nature Challenge - observe nearby nature as part of a global event!



We are thrilled to invite you to take part in this global nature observation event! You can help by observing nature, identifying observations, or better yet – both! Look high and low for all nature in the Seattle-Tacoma area (all of Snohomish, King and Pierce counties) and share your observations using iNaturalist!

Seattle-Tacoma City Nature Challenge 2023 April 28 – May 1 - Observe and report nature April 28 – May 7 - Identify observations on iNaturalist

Last year, 445 cities across the world participated in City Nature Challenge (CNC) to document as many urban plants, animals and fungi as possible over the course of one weekend! Our region is the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma-Everett metropolitan area, which includes all of King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Any observation made anywhere within those counties (or out in adjacent areas of Puget Sound!) will count towards our total in the City Nature Challenge.

How do I participate? By taking photos, noting down some basic information and uploading to the Seattle-Tacoma Metropolitan Area CNC project on the iNaturalist platform, your nature observations contribute to our total! These observations help build a snapshot of Puget Sound area biodiversity and provide data for our local scientists, land managers, and governments about the areas they study and care for.

City Nature Challenge virtual orientations:

  1. City Nature Challenge Orientation - for Educators & Group Leaders Tuesday, March 14 from 3:30-4:45 p.m. via Zoom

  2. City Nature Challenge Orientation - for Individuals & Families Tuesday, April 25 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. via Zoom

To register for an orientation, please visit Woodland Park Zoo’s City Nature Challenge page.

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