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Take the Nature Challenge and Show Boulder’s Biodiversity to the World

Participants can help show the world how biodiverse Boulder

The City of Boulder invites the community to join nature enthusiasts in more than 65 cities around the world for the third annual City Nature Challenge. The fun and educational challenge encourages people of all ages and science backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of plants, animals and fungi using the free app iNaturalist.

A free kick-off event will get things started in Boulder on Friday, April 27, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Foothills Community Park, 800 Cherry Ave. There will be guided hikes and programs for all ages, live music, iNaturalist demos, food trucks, face painting, arts and crafts, prize giveaways and more.

Observations can be made through Monday, April 30, until 11:59 p.m. Signing up is easy and free. Visit from a browser or download iNaturalist from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.

“Thriving ecosystems are foundational to the resilience of our community,” said Greg Guibert, Boulder’s chief resilience officer. “With rapidly changing natural environments, building a community of citizen scientists allows us to track transformations in urban biodiversity like never before.”

Participants can help show the world how biodiverse Boulder is by making as many observations of as many species as possible. Anyone can document nature in the backyard, at school, at a favorite park or open space area, and upload observations to the Boulder City Nature Challenge project on iNaturalist.

The City Nature Challenge is a part of the ongoing Wild Boulder citizen initiative, a partnership between Boulder County, the WILD Foundation and City of Boulder. Last year, local participants recorded 5,725 observations of more than 1,000 species throughout Boulder County. This year, the City Nature Challenge is expanding, and organizers estimate that 500,000 observations will be made by more than 10,000 people across the participating cities. The data collected gives scientists, educators, urban planners and policymakers insight into the biodiversity of urban locales throughout the world.

Published: April 11, 2018

Media Contacts:
Kate Busse, Management Analyst, 303-441-4435
Brady Delander, Communications, 303-441-4358