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2023 City Nature Challenge: Texas

Connecting People and Nature

Three youths look upwards as they explore a forested area.
Community Science The annual City Nature Challenge depends on community scientists and volunteers to observe and record plant and wildlife species. © Erich Schlegel


Calling all nature lovers and community scientists in Texas! 

From April 28, 2023 - May 1, 2023 Texas will join over 400 global cities for the City Nature Challenge, an annual competition to observe and record plant, fungi and wildlife species at your home, school or a local or state park!


Participating in the City Nature Challenge is easy:

  1. From April 28, 2023 – May 1, 2023, find wildlife or plants in your community—or even in your own backyard.
  2. Take a picture!
  3. Join a project near you, and share your observations through iNaturalist, an app that allows community members to record what they see in nature and interact with other nature enthusiasts.

*No iNaturalist project nearby? No problem! It's not necessary to contribute to a project to enjoy using the app. Making and identifying observations are by far the most important part of iNaturalist.

Five people stand in a field watching two birds fly.
Houston Bioblitz Join TNC and partners at Burnett Bayland Park on April 29, 2023. © Erich Schlegel

Interested in participating in Houston?

Check out the “Gulfton Alive!/¡Celebración de la naturaleza de Gulfton!” – Latino Connections to Wildlife and Nature, in Gulfton and the World event, as part of the 2023 Witness Series. This event will include a bioblitz, using the iNaturalist app to record flora and fauna in Burnett Bayland Park during the City Nature Challenge.

When: Saturday, April 29, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Where: Burnett Bayland Park, 6000 Chimney Rock Road, Houston, TX, 77081

Learn more about the event here.

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Explore more City Nature Challenge resources or join an iNaturalist project near you.