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Educator Resources

Welcome Boston Educators! The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a great way to explore life science concepts, apply science skills in the field, and connect students with a global community of biodiversity observers. Here you can access the international education toolkit and find free local resources to prepare your students to participate in the Boston Area CNC.

International Education Toolkit

Welcome to the City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit! Here you can find classroom activities, field investigations, media and guides to prepare students, nature center visitors, homeschools and more for the CNC. Find tips for bringing kids outside, learn how students can contribute to the CNC through iNaturalist or another observation platform, and see how CNC can fit into your curriculum or education programs.

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Step 1: Get Ready to Bring Kids Outside

Read this educator guide for tips for facilitating, managing, and supporting student outdoor learning and exploration in schoolyards, nearby park, or other green space. View Guide

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Step 2: Learn How to Use iNaturalist

Take a tour through iNaturalist, the website we will use in the U.S. to document observations. Learn how to best use this technology with students. This can be used in any formal or informal education setting. View Guide

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Step 3: Integrate into your Curriculum / Education Program

View our “Educator Basecamp,” recommended progressions for short classroom and field activities for formal and informal settings. Progressions include activities, media, and other tools for the CNC, for a variety of ages and experience levels. See how they help to meet science standards and educational goals.

Field Training for Educators

We will be hosting several trainings for educators on how to use iNaturalist and how to get students involved in the CNC in your schoolyard, a nearby park, or at one of our organized events. Trainings will be announced in February.

View our introductory webinar video (below) that explains the City Nature Challenge and shows you how to use our website and the iNaturalist app to record plants and wildlife in your own backyard! Download slides from this webinar here.

Local Boston Area Resources

Encyclopedia of Life Biodiversity Cards - New England Habitats and Species

Compare and learn facts and figures about organisms with Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) Biodiversity Cards. Students can collect cards or play games to learn about classification and adaptations. Visit education.eol.org/species cards for the full list of cards, a user guide, and links to lesson plans using cards. The following decks highlight the diversity of New England from forests to the ocean. Download and print them out!

Contact Us

Want to get started with CNC learning activities now? Contact Amy Lorenz for more information.