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The 2019 City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts:

April 26-29

Taking pictures of wild plants and animals

April 30 – May 5

Identifying what was found

Help Rochester compete with over 150 cities all around the world to make the most observations of nature over a three-day period! All you have to do is:

1. Download the iNaturalist app on your phone and make an account
2. Take photos of wild animals and plants in our area
3. Upload the photos to iNaturalist (be sure the photos are geo-tagged)
4. Learn more as your finds get identified!

Take photos in your back yard, on a hike, or around town! Or join a group with Seneca Park Zoo and our partners.

Results will be announced on Monday, May 6th. Will you help Rochester win?

iNaturalist logo
Anyone can contribute to biodiversity science. All you have to do is observe!

iNaturalist Training Sessions

When: Saturday, March 30 & Saturday, April 13 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: Genesee Regional Bank, 4180 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, NY 14626

Romeo Realty Group and Genesee Regional Bank are hosting two iNaturalist training sessions to help prepare community members for the City Nature Challenge. Stop by a training session to learn about the app, best practices for documenting local wildlife, and how you can participate in the challenge. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Nature Walk at RIT

When: Sunday, April 28 | 10 a.m.
Where: RIT Community Garden (free parking at U-Lot)

Join RIT Engineers for a Sustainable World for a nature walk on RIT’s campus. All are welcome (non-students included) to participate in the walk, which will last about an hour and a half. The walk will take you through forested areas of campus rich in biodiversity, including wildflowers and birds.

Many thanks to our partners who are joining us in this challenge!

Monroe County Seal

GVAS logo

Girl Scouts of Western NY logo

Genesee River Watch logo

The Nature Conservancy logo

RIT: Engineers for a Sustainable World

Sam Patch 25 years logo

Genesee Land Trust logo

Pachamama Alliance

Romeo Realty Group logo

Rochester Birding Association logo

Genesee Regional Bank logo

NYS Pollution Prevention Institute logo

RMSC logo

Braddock Bay Bird Observatory logo

CA Academy of Sciences logo & Natural History Museum LA County logo