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:
  • EngageĀ 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

Andover High School
Arlington Open Space Committee
Arlington Public Schools
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Boston Arts Acadmey
Brandeis University
Carlisle Conservation Foundation
Cooperative Nature School
Coyle and Cassidy High School
Earthwatch Institute
Earthwise Aware
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Encyclopedia of Life
Franklin Park Zoo
Friends of Menotomy Rocks Park
Friends of the Malden River
Fuller Middle School
Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
Green Cambridge
Groundwork Lawrence
Hale Reservation
King Elementary School
Lexington Conservation Division
Lexington High School
Lincoln-Sudbury High School
Mary M. B. Wakefield Charitable Trust

Mass Audubon

Blue Hills Reservation
Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
Drumlin Farm
Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
Joppa Flats Education Center
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
Museum of American Bird Art
North River Wildlife Sanctuary
Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Bays National Estuary Program
Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Medford High School
Meridian Academy
Middleborough High School
MIT Sea Grant
MIT Senseable Lab
Mount Auburn Cemetery
Mystic River Watershed Association
National Park Service
New England Aquarium Live Blue Service Corps
New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative
North Shore Nature Programs
One Square World
Parker River Clean Water Association
Project Green Schools
Quincy Public Schools
Somerville Conservation Commission
Speak for the Trees
St. John Paul Catholic Academy
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Stone Zoo
Stonehill College
Stow Conservation Trust
Suffolk University
Swampscott Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
University of Massachusetts Boston
Wakefield Estate
Wellesley College
Wellesley Conservation Council
Wellesley Natural Resources Commission
Westwood High School
Wright Farm
Zoo New England