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• To ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications to the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please review our Re-Opening FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
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Boston Area City Nature Challenge

Thank you to everyone who took part in the 2020 City Nature Challenge! During this year’s celebration of local wildlife, 1,013 people observed 1,765 species in 15,249 observations over the first three days of the CNC. Over the next three days, 701 people helped to identify the species in these observations. This was a great example of how global communities can come together, even from a distance. We hope you will continue to get outside to explore nature and use the iNaturalist app to identify and record your observations!

About the 2020 City Nature Challenge

The 2020 City Nature Challenge was modified for its 5th Anniversary. Instead of competing, we worked with cities around the world to celebrate the biodiversity around us - wherever we might be! We embraced the collaborative side: making and sharing observations as a global community, celebrating the healing power of nature, documenting our local nature as best we could. 

Region for CNC Boston Area Project

Across the Boston area (which this year reached out to Cape Cod), we encouraged documentation of nature in homes, backyards and neighborhoods, individually and as families; and participation online by helping to identify or annotate observations. We took full advantage of iNaturalist as a social platform and community to come together online to document biodiversity.

The information we collect helps create a more accurate picture of our biodiversity at this time of year. Any observation of plants, animals, fungi, even microbes, in the greater Boston area including Cape Cod and the islands this year that was recorded during those four days was automatically be included. 

The Boston Area City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a collaborative project. Learn more about our effort here or email us at cncboston@gmail.com.

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Start now to be ready for the City Nature Challenge!

Step 1. Download the iNaturalist app and create an account.

• Download the app (easiest): Android App (Google Play) iOS App (iTunes), or use iNaturalist online.
iNaturalist "Getting Started" Guide.

Step 2: Record your observation with a photograph and upload the photo to the app.

Step 3: Confirmation

The iNaturalist community discusses and confirms the identity of the observation and lets you know.

Get Involved

CNC 2020

iNaturalist Project Page 

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Online Resources 

CNE Events Calendar

Calendar of Events


Data Quests

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Help Validate Observations

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Educator Resources

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About Us



 CanaturalsciencescncThe City Nature Challenge is being organized on a global scale by the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.