Vision & Partners

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


By building scientific knowledge and literacy, the CNC Boston Area envisions a community that understands the importance of biodiversity and healthy environments, can respond to and monitor a changing environment, and feels empowered to contribute to civic decisions.


The 2019 CNC: Boston Area goals are to:
  • Engage 1,000 people
  • Aim for 25 or more observations per person
  • Make at least 20,000 observations overall
  • Identify and verify 50% of our observations to Research Grade status
  • Have fun while exploring diverse and unique habitats

CNC Boston Area Steering Committee

Earthwatch Institute
Encyclopedia of Life
Environmental Studies Program Brandeis University
Mass Audubon
New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative
Suffolk University
University of Massachusetts Boston
Zoo New England

CNC Boston Area Partners

Boston Greenovate
Boston Harbor Cruises
Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park
Bridgewater State University
Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project
Charles River Watershed Association
City of Malden
City of Medford
City of Somerville
Earthwise Aware
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Fresh Pond Reservation
Friends of the Malden River
Harvard Forest
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center
MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
Medford High School
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mystic River Watershed Association
National Park Service
New England Aquarium - Live Blue Service Corps and Community Programs
Ocean Bay Girl Scouts
Pare Corporation
Quincy Park Dept. Environmental Treasures Program
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Salem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic Sites
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Stonehill College
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
The Trustees of Reservations
US EPA New England Regional Laboratory
US Fish & Wildlife Service/Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Walden Woods Project
Wellesley College
Wright Farm