Thursday, August 5: Franklin Park Zoo will close at 2:30 p.m. for a private event. Boston Lights will open at 8:00 p.m. Please plan your visit accordingly!

• Please review our current Health & Safety Updates (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
• Non-Members: Online reservations are required for admission tickets.
• Members: Advance reservations for daytime admission are not required.

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About Us

The Boston Area City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a collaborative project. Learn more about our effort below.

Mission

The CNC Boston Area aims to increase scientific knowledge by building a diverse community that can work together contributing to and accessing information from open biodiversity platforms to advance research, education, and civic engagement.

Objectives

Our objectives are:

  • To increase scientific knowledge of the wild biodiversity and habitats present in the CNC Boston Area inclusive of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine areas by adding research grade observations to iNaturalist during the City Nature Challenge.
  • To provide opportunity for all to contribute, collaborate and investigate research questions through open science practices.
  • To engage diverse communities in exploring the Boston Area.
  • To develop participant expertise by building skills of observation, identification, and submission of and access to data.

CNC Boston Area Steering Committee

Brandeis University Environmental Studies Program

Earthwise Aware

Earthwatch Institute

MassBays National Estuary Partnership

Suffolk University: Boston 

UMass-Boston

Zoo New England

CNC Boston Area Participating Organizations

Acton-Boxborough Bioblitz 2021
Bedford High
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Boston Public Library
Brandeis University Environmental Studies program
BSC Group, Inc
City of Medford
Earthwise Aware
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Friends of the Blue Hills
Friends of the Public Garden
Green Cambridge
Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center
Lexington Conservation Division
Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center
Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats
MassBays National Estuary Partnership
Medford High School and Medford Vocational Technical High school (MHS/MVTHS)
National Park Service
Northeastern University
Northeastern University Marine Science Center
NPS- Boston Harbor Islands
Parker River Clean Water Association
Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative, Wellesley College
Robert H Adams Middle School
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Samuel Adams Boston Brewery
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
South Shore Natural Science Center
Stonehill College
Swampscott Conservancy
Town of Burlington
The Trustees - The Crane Estate
Tufts Pollinator Initiative
US EPA Region 1
Waltham Land Trust
Westwood High School
Zoo New England

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