Thousands of people from across the globe will get outside to look for nature in their cities! Results will be announced on Friday, May 4th. Will STATEN ISLAND win? Check out events below or click link below

Participating Cities


Welcome to the 2018 City Nature Challenge!

Taking Part is Easy

Find Wildlife

It can be any plant, animal, fungi, slime mold, or any other evidence of life (scat, fur, tracks, shells, carcasses!) found in your participating city.

Take a Picture of What you Find

Be sure to note the location of the critter or plant.

Share Your Observations

By uploading your findings through iNaturalist or your city’s chosen platform.


City Nature Challenge, Staten Island Greenbelt
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 10:00am – 12:00 pm
Host: NYBG
Location: Staten Island Greenbelt
Description: Buttonwood Swamp in Bucks Hollow is a 1.1 mile hike from the Greenbelt Nature Center. The wetland is home to green frogs, bull frogs, spring peepers and gray tree frogs (successfully reintroduced to the area through a NYC Parks initiative). Adjacent to the swamp is a grove persimmon trees, one of the rarest trees in the City.
RSVP: no RSVP needed. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center. Trip leader: Daniel Atha (@danielatha)

City Nature Challenge, Staten Island Greenbelt
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00 pm
Host: NYBG
Location: High Rock Park, meet at Gretta Moulton entrance off Nevada Avenue
Description: High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island, 10306 is a 1.9 mile hike from the Greenbelt Nature Center. Local activists saved this former Girl Scout Camp from development. It is often considered one of the most tranquil places in New York City.
RSVP: no RSVP needed. Meet at Gretta Moulton entrance off Nevada Avenue. Trip leader: Daniel Atha (@danielatha)

CNC Info Table at Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: 2pm-4pm
Host:Greenbelt Nature Center
Location: 700 Rockland Ave, Staten Island
Description: The Greenbelt is a 2800 acre oasis of natural areas, featuring nearly 35 miles of hiking trails, nestled in the heart of Staten Island. The Greenbelt Nature Center, which opened in June 2004, is a gateway to the Greenbelt, offering trail maps, guided hikes, public programs, class trips, events, and private parties, serving over 20,000 people a year. Jessica R. Kratz is the coordinator of the Greenbelt Nature Center and loves to introduce visitors to the wonders of the forest, particularly the amphibians that appear near our vernal pools each spring. The CNC info table will be operating to help any visitors with questions about how to use iNaturalist to participate in the City Nature Challenge.

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