INDIANAPOLIS CITY NATURE CHALLENGE
The City Nature Challenge is an effort for cities to find and document as much urban nature as possible by challenging residents to become citizen scientists: Residents are asked to explore their area (backyard, playgrounds, parks, etc.) for plants and bugs/animals, document their findings (take a photo), and report them (via the iNaturalist website or app). The underlying objective of this event was to develop a new baseline of a city’s biodiversity and to monitor how exactly change is accelerating.
The 2019 City Nature Challenge took place on April 26-29, 2019 and was undertaken in over 100 cities across the world and Indianapolis was one of those cities competing in this international event!
Event size was tracked via the event pages below!
This event was one of the largest citizen science events in Hoosier history, so join the fun next y ear and help make history!
Several partners joined forces for the Indianapolis City Nature Challenge to bring you closer to all of the amazing wildlife Indianapolis has to offer, and you can find a list of their events on the page linked below:
We asked organizations that wanted to host a City Nature Challenge event, or were already hosting an event and wanted to incorporate the City Nature Challenge into that event, to submit a request to the form linked below:
Without our partners this city wide project would not be possible, so please support these local groups!
The iNaturalist team has created an amazing “Getting Started” guide which you can find at the link below:
Once you are up and running you should join the Indianapolis City Nature Challenge project at the link below:
The great folks at the City Nature Challenge have created an amazing educational toolkit which you can find at the link below!
There are several other groups in Indianapolis that use iNaturalist, so once you get up and running explore what are partners (like Keep Indianapolis Beautiful) are doing throughout the year!
We are committed to using the data we collect for the common good. We want to partner with universities, non-profits, and private/public organizations to help improve our community. If your organization would like to leverage this data for a project that serves the common good, please submit a request on the form linked below:
Baseline data for the biodiversity in Indianapolis can be leveraged as a powerful tool in environmental impact studies, research projects, city grant proposals, and more! Citizen sciences will collect this data, and they need you to put it to good use!
The Indianapolis City Nature Challenge is organized by un-paid volunteers and fiscally sponsored by the 501(c)3 non-profit Indiana Sciences. If you would like to support this effort, please consider donating at the link below:
If you enjoy events like the City Nature Challenge and would like to join our movement, please consider signing up on the form below to stay up to date and, if you are ambitious, join our team!
You can also support the event by purchasing merch from the shop! We currently have the locally designed “Science Will Unite Us” tees from United State of Indiana! All proceeds go to support our STEM events and programming throughout Indiana!
This event, and everything we do, is only possible due to the amazing support and generosity of Hoosiers passionate about science. From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you!