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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?

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

Genesee RiverWatch at Turning Point Park

When: Saturday, April 27 | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, April 28)
Where: Turning Point Park, 260 Boxart St, Rochester, NY 14612

Join Genesee RiverWatch at Turning Point Park to explore nature on the banks of the Genesee and participate in the 2019 City Nature Challenge. We’ll show you how to download and use the iNaturalist app, point you toward some of the most interesting areas, and answer your questions about this historical part of the river.

Farm Walks at Earth Eden Sanctuary

When: Saturday, April 27 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. & 3 – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Earth Eden Sanctuary, 9393 York Settlement Rd., North Rose, NY 14516

Nancy Kasper, organic farmer/educator at Earth Eden Sanctuary and a member of the Pachamama Alliance: Rochester Chapter, is hosting two walks on April 27 at her farm in North Rose, NY. Discover the unique wildlife living right in her backyard and upload it to iNaturalist for identification! Please register for this event by calling 315.587.9349.

WXXI’s Nature Fest

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10 am. – 2 p.m.
Where: Seneca Park – 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY 14621

Join us at Seneca Park for a day of family fun! Participate in nature walks, make observations about nature for WXXI’s Nature Challenge and Seneca Park Zoo’s City Nature Challenge, do natural arts & crafts, and meet PBS KIDS Nature Cat. We’ll also be learning what citizen science is, how it helps inform local issues, and showing how families can participate in simple citizen science projects. Learn more.

Guided Hike with the Nature Conservancy

When: Saturday, April 27 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Thousand Acre Swamp, Penfield, NY

Join the Nature Conservancy at the Thousand Acre Swamp preserve, one of the city’s largest wetlands, to take photos of as many wild animals and plants as possible, upload them for expert identification through the iNaturalist app, and gain a better understanding of nature in our city. The group will be led by conservation staff member Darran Crabtree.

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!

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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

Delta Environmental Logo

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