A girl takes a photograph of a species of plant to upload to iNaturalist.
Bioblitz A girl takes a photograph of a species of plant to upload to iNaturalist. © Devan King/TNC

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Charlottesville City Nature Challenge


Which city on Earth has the most nature and the most engaged residents? The City Nature Challenge aims to find out!

The City Nature Challenge encourages people to discover and document the biodiversity of our urban spaces. Join thousands of people from around the globe to get outside and explore your world.

The Nature Conservancy is offering several guided events during the challenge weekend, April 26-29. These events are free and open to the public.

Friday, April 26, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m
Launch Party hosted by the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center
Come learn about the City Nature Challenge and how to use iNaturalist.

Saturday, April 27, 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Birding at Ivy Creek Natural Area led by Jim Nix
RSVP to Margaret.hankerd@tnc.org

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Nature Hike on Crozet Trail led by Sidney Huffman
RSVP to Margaret.hankerd@tnc.org

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Explore Saunders Monticello Trail, hosted by Monticello Staff
Join Monticello staff for family-friendly activities to celebrate Arbor Day and the City Nature Challenge.
Email trail@Monticello.org for details

Saturday, April 27, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Benthic Monitoring at Greenbrier Park with Rivanna Conservation Alliance
Email exec@rivannariver.org for details or to RSVP

Sunday, April 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Nature Hike at Riverview Park led by Jane Fisher
RSVP to Margaret.hankerd@tnc.org

Sunday, April 28, 1:00-6:00 p.m.
Paddle and Clean-Up hosted by Rivanna Conservation Alliance
Email exec@rivannariver.org for details

Sunday, April 28, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ID Party at Three Notch’d Brewery
All experience levels and ages are welcome to take part in identifying our observations. Join The Nature Conservancy and partners for bioblitz fun!

You don't have to join an organized outing to get involved in the City Nature Challenge. Anyone can take part! It’s easy to participate using the iNaturalist app (free on the app store). Just take a picture of a plant or animal and upload it to the app. Visit www.citynaturechallenge.org to see a list of participating cities.

The City Nature Challenge is organized by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Visit citynaturechallenge.org to learn more and see a complete list of participating citites.