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Check out the list of City Nature Challenge events from across the state below

City Nature Challenge Virtual Kickoff!
April 29, 12:00-1:00pm
Free
Register
Help us kick off the 2022 City Nature Challenge by joining us for a lunchtime celebration of this exciting international event in North Carolina! You’ll be able to meet regional leaders, talk to others who are participating, and get a basic overview of how to participate. We welcome any experience level – beginning or seasoned expert!

Mystery No More: Identifying City Nature Challenge Finds for Beginners
May 3, 6:30-7:30pm
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Prairie Ridge, NC Arboretum
Free
Register
Curious what wildlife wonders you discovered during the City Nature Challenge? Join educators from the N.C. Aquariums and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville to learn basic tips and tricks to identify all kinds of plants and creatures from photos.

Virtual Programs (available statewide)

Taking Pictures for Science: Join the City Nature Challenge
April 21, 4:00-5:00pm
Free
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville
Register
Learn how to participate in the City Nature Challenge in North Carolina, including how to make iNaturalist observations, how to take a great photo for science, and where to look for species anywhere. Join NC Aquariums and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville for some friendly competition to see which location can observe the most species during the Challenge. 

Join the City Nature Challenge
April 26, 7:00-8:00pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Free
Register
Learn how to participate in the City Nature Challenge in North Carolina, including how to make iNaturalist observations, how to take a great photo for science, and where to look for species anywhere.

How to Participate in the NC BioBlitz
North Carolina Zoo, Kidzone
Free
View Online
Watch our Adventures in EdZOOcation Wild About Nature video on how to participate in the NC Bioblitz. Check out the comments for a google form complete with links to make participating even easier.

In-person Programs

Prepare for the City Nature Challenge

How to Participate in the NC BioBlitz
April 22-24, drop in10 am-2 pm
North Carolina Zoo, Kidzone, 4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro, NC
Free with Zoo admission
https://www.nczoo.org/experiences/attractions/kidzone
Program description: While at the North Carolina Zoo, stop by Kidzone to learn how easy it is to participate in the NC BioBlitz! Play Leaders will be available to show you how to use iNaturalist to share your wildlife observations, learn how you can get help identifying what you see and how to maintain a list of your discoveries! We may even have some native wildlife for you to see!

iNaturalist Training
April 26, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Town of Mooresville
War Memorial Recreation Center, 220 N Maple St, Mooresvile, NC
Free
Register
Take the City Nature Challenge. Learn to be a citizen scientist! Bring your curiosity and we will provide you with amazing techniques for becoming a lover of the outdoors and a nature detective – lots of adventure for the entire family! Join us for a free training session on how to use the INaturalist App. Bring your cell phone or camera with the iNaturalist App downloaded.

Friday, April 29

City Nature Challenge: Plant Patrol!
April 29, 2022, 3:00-4:00pm
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
Free
Register
Join park staff in participating in the City Nature Challenge! We will search the park for grasses, wildflowers, and other plants that look interesting. We will then photograph and try to identify the species we find, while adding data to iNaturalist and the park’s Biodiversity Project. Participants will be given ID guides and assistance with ID from park staff during the program.

City Nature Challenge/Lake Crabtree Bio-Blitz
April 29, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
Free – No registration required
More information
The City Nature Challenge is a great way to learn more about the natural world around you while you contribute photos and data to science. Looking for a fun and easy way to participate? Stop by the Beech Shelter anytime between 6 and 8 pm to get started with help from park staff and receive an Exploration Pack to assist you with finding and identifying species within Lake Crabtree County Park. Each pack contains ID sheets, a nature-based park map, and more to enhance your City Nature Challenge experience!

City Nature Challenge: Moth Madness!
April 29, 2022, 9:00-10:00pm
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
Free
Register
Join park staff in participating in the City Nature Challenge! Using bait stations and light traps, we will attract moths and other insects. We will then photograph and try to identify the species we find, while adding data to iNaturalist and the park’s Biodiversity Project. Participants will be given ID guides and assistance with ID from park staff during the program.

Join the City Nature Challenge!
April 29, 1:00-2:00pm
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh
Free
More information
Join us for a nature walk to get started with the City Nature Challenge! We’ll demonstrate how to use iNaturalist before leading you on a leisurely nature walk to find as many species as we can. We’ll walk up to a mile and point out a variety of species along the way. Bring a phone (ideally with the iNaturalist app pre-installed) or camera so you can share you observations and join the event!

City Nature Challenge
April 29, 1-2pm
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec
Eastway Regional Recreation Center, 3150 Eastway Park Dr. Charlotte, NC
Free
Register
Using the community science app iNaturalist, we will investigate and identify the plants and animals that call Eastway home. Bring the whole family, smart phone too, and we will practice using iNaturalist while participating in a global nature challenge! We will meet in the Nature Room at Eastway Regional Recreation Center. Adult participation required if under 18.

City Nature Challenge
April 29, 6-7pm
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Eastway Regional Recreation Center, 3150 Eastway Park Dr. Charlotte, NC
Free
Register
Using the community science app iNaturalist, we will investigate and identify the plants and animals that call Eastway home. Bring the whole family, smart phone too, and we will practice using iNaturalist while participating in a global nature challenge! We will meet in the Nature Room at Eastway Regional Recreation Center. Adult participation required if under 18.

Sunset Paddleboarding
April 29th, 6-8pm 
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Latta Nature Preserve, Paddlesport Pavilion, Sample Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
$25 resident, $30 non-resident
Register
Let go of your stress as you take in the beauty of Mountain Island Lake. We’ll explore coves, look for animals, and relax on our paddle boards as we watch the sunset sink beneath the trees. Our ACA certified instructors will lead the way and provide you with all the necessary equipment. Ages 18 and up.

City Nature Challenge: Evening Exploration
April 29. 7:30-8:30pm
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2986 rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28215
Free
Register
Discover what things roam around or fly over Reedy Creek in the evening. We will be participating in the City Nature Challenge during this program. All are welcome. Adult participation required if under 18.

Moth Lighting
April 29, 8:30pm – 9:30pm
Town of Mooresville, War Memorial Recreation Center, 220 N Maple St, Mooresvile, NC
Free
Register
Take the City Nature Challenge. Calling all bug lovers!  Using special bug lighting and equipment, we hope to get an up-close glimpse of nighttime pollinators and other flying insects. Bring your cell phone or camera with the iNaturalist App downloaded to add observations.

Saturday, April 30

Lake Johnson Nature Explorers
Saturday, April 30, 1:30 – 3:00pm
Lake Johnson Park’s TGC Woodland Center (5611 Jaguar Park Dr, Raleigh NC 27606)
$2
Flip over logs, dig a hole, or sift through leaves with one of our naturalists. Participants will immerse themselves in nature and learn about the interesting things they find. All ages welcome, but most appropriate for families with children elementary school age or older. Adult(s) must accompany child(ren), register, and pay the program fee.

Nature Photo Challenge: NC BioBlitz
April 30, 10:30 – 11:30am
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, 415 S Madison St., Whiteville, NC 28742
Free
Register
Join us to see how many living things you can document during our program! This weekend, people across our state and world are documenting nature for the City Nature Challenge. Learn how to help scientists by submitting the pictures you take. Plus you can win prizes from the Museum for your photographs!

Join the City Nature Challenge!
April 30, 10:00-11:00am
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh
Free
More information
Join us for a nature walk to get started with the City Nature Challenge! We’ll demonstrate how to use iNaturalist before leading you on a leisurely nature walk to find as many species as we can. We’ll walk up to a mile and point out a variety of species along the way. Bring a phone (ideally with the iNaturalist app pre-installed) or camera so you can share you observations and join the event!

City Nature Challenge Family Hike
April 30, 10-11am
Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources 
White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Rd. Garner, NC 27529\
Free 
Register
Take a leisurely hike through the trails of White Deer Park to look for native wildlife! All observations will contribute to the City Nature Challenge, a friendly international citizen science competition.

City Nature Challenge & STEMfest
April 30, 10am – 2pm
Oakboro Choice STEM School, 1244 N. Main Street, Oakboro, NC 28129
Free 
No registration required
Join us for our 1st Annual STEMfest and have our scholars lead you in the City Nature Challenge. Community Yard Sale & Craft Show, inflatables, dunk tank, food trucks, OCSS STEM Showcase, NC Science Festival activities, City Nature Challenge and more!!

Explore Biodiversity
April 30, drop in any time 10:30am – 3:15pm
Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27705
Free
Register
Discover the many living things that call Duke Gardens their home with the Durham Bioblitz and City Nature Challenge! Learn how to participate in this collaborative science project, explore biodiversity, make crafts with your family, and more.

City Nature Challenge at Shamrock Park
April 30, 10-11am
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Shamrock Park, 2545 Jeff Street Charlotte, NC
Free
Register
Using the community science app iNaturalist, we will investigate and identify the plants and animals that call Shamrock Park home. Bring the whole family, smart phone too, and we will practice using iNaturalist while participating in a global nature challenge! We will meet in the shelter at Shamrock Park (2545 Jeff Street). This is not a drop-off program. Parent participation required.

City Nature Challenge Hike
April 30, 10-11:30am
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, McDowell Nature Center, 15222 South York Road Charlotte, NC 28278
Free
Register
Ready for a challenge? Take part in a global community science event on this hike by assisting us in finding and documenting as many plants and animals as we can. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required (for adult and child alike).

Earn the ecoEXPLORE Bioblitz Badge!
April 30, 1:00-2:30pm
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh
Free
More Information
Participate in the international City Nature Challenge as you earn your ecoEXPLORE Bioblitz Badge with Adam! This program will introduce you to iNaturalist, the app you will use to make your observations for the Bioblitz Badge, then we’ll practice using the app as we hike around Prairie Ridge. You only need 15 observations to earn your badge, and you can get more than you need during this program!

Join the City Nature Challenge!
April 30, 2:00-3:00pm
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh
Free
More information
Join us for a nature walk to get started with the City Nature Challenge! We’ll demonstrate how to use iNaturalist before leading you on a leisurely nature walk to find as many species as we can. We’ll walk up to a mile and point out a variety of species along the way. Bring a phone (ideally with the iNaturalist app pre-installed) or camera so you can share you observations and join the event!

City Nature Challenge: Family Nature Competition
April 30, 2-3pm
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2986 Rocky River Rd.,  Charlotte, NC 28215
Free
Register
Work as a family to compete for a prize! Find the most different species of plants and animals here at Reedy Creek – Every photo taken helps go towards the Charlotte’s total count for the City Nature Challenge! We will be using the iNaturalist app so bring your devices. Adult participation required if under 18.

Bio Blitz
April 30, drop in 10am until 1pm
Gaston County Parks & Recreation and Gaston County Natural Resources, George Poston Park Shelter 1, 1101 Lowell Spencer Mountain Road, Gastonia, NC 28056
Free
More information
We will be hosting our Second Annual Bio Blitz event at George Poston Park which has such a variety of species that it was declared an ecoExplore hotspot by the NC Arboretum. At last year’s event we encouraged participants to use iNaturalist, and we had 500 observations and identified 181 species in the park. The event will also include representatives from our local Cooperative Extension, Catawba Lands Conservancy, Gaston Area Mushroom Club, and Catawba Riverkeeper to help educate and identify observations. This year will be our first year pairing the event with the City Nature Challenge!

Mountain Science Expo Presents: Explore Your Arboretum!
April 30, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC  28806
All activities free, regular parking fees apply
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Join us for a day celebrating the wonders of the natural world! Explore Your Arboretum with nature walks, science exhibits and more. Learn about lichen, forest critters and tree identification with the Blue Ridge Naturalists, Youth Education team and our science partners from around our community. Then take part as a community scientist in the City Nature Challenge! 

BioBlitz at Mazeppa Park
April 30, 9:00am – 10:00am
Town of Mooresville, Mazeppa Park, 645 Mazeppa Rd, Mooresvile, NC 28115
Free
Register
Take the City Nature Challenge. Outdoor family fun! Bring the kiddos and join us as a citizen in a community of scientists. Join us at Mazeppa Park and explore what you can find! Field guides and supplies will be there for loan as well. Bring your cell phone or camera with the iNaturalist App downloaded to add observations.

City Nature Challenge Collection
April 30, 11-2pm
Rowan Wild, 6800 Bringle Ferry Road Salisbury, NC 28146
Free
Want to learn more about the City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist? Visit us at our Rowan County and Salisbury city parks! Grab some helpful resources, meet new people, and learn how to use the iNaturalist app! Make sure to charge your phone, download the free iNaturalist app, and create your account before you come by! No registration needed and we look forward to seeing you! 

Sunday, May 1

City Nature Challenge: Investigating Insects!
May 1, 2022, 1:00-2:00 pm
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
Free
Register
Join park staff in participating in the City Nature Challenge! We will spend an hour photographing and identifying any insects we see in the park, while adding data to iNaturalist and the park’s Biodiversity Project. Participants will be given ID guides and assistance with ID from park staff while exploring the meadow, forests, and gardens in the park.

City Nature Challenge: Spider Safari!
May 1, 2022, 2:30-3:30 pm
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
Free
Register
Join park staff in participating in the City Nature Challenge! We will spend an hour photographing and identifying any spiders or other arachnids we see in the park, while adding data to iNaturalist and the park’s Biodiversity Project. Participants will be given ID guides and assistance with ID from park staff while exploring the meadow, forests, gardens, and structures in the park.

City Nature Challenge/Lake Crabtree Bio-Blitz
May 1, 2022, 4:00-6:00pm
Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560
Free (No registration required)
More information
The City Nature Challenge is a great way to learn more about the natural world around you while you contribute photos and data to science. Looking for a fun and easy way to participate? Stop by the White Oak Shelter anytime between 4 and 6 pm to get started with help from park staff and receive an Exploration Pack to assist you with finding and identifying species within Lake Crabtree County Park. Each pack contains ID sheets, a nature-based park map, and more to enhance your City Nature Challenge experience!

City Nature Challenge: Reedy Creek Spring Nature Walk
May 1, 2-3pm
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2986 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215
Free
Register
What’s going on at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve in the month of May? Come explore the wilderness with us and maybe we will discover some new plants or wildlife! All ages are welcome on this family-friendly nature adventure.

Kidzu’s Wake Up the Garden
May 1, 2:00 – 3:30pm
Kidzu Children’s Museum, University Mall (next to Alfredo’s Pizza), 201 S Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC
Free
More information
Join Kidzu in their outdoor learning space to “wake up the garden!” Make some crafts, participate in activities, and more. Learn how to observe nature and participate in the City Nature Challenge, happening the same weekend. Also discover the ecoEXPLORE program, a kid-friendly way to participate in citizen science! 

Dixon Woods Pond Bioblitz
May 1, 1pm – 3pm
Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust
Dixon Woods Park, Bowery Road, Highlands, NC (Macon County)
Free
Registration: contact Sarah Pursel: hclt_ed@earthlink.net, 828-526-1111, More information

Join Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust for an afternoon of pond dipping and fun as we explore pond life and contribute to science! HCLT will be holding a pond bioblitz at our public access property, Dixon Woods in Highlands, NC, as part of the annual international bioblitz, the City Nature Challenge and state-wide NC BioBlitz. Free event! Appropriate for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. No experience necessary.

BioBlitz at Cornelius Road Park
May 1, 9:00am – 10:00am
Town of Mooresville, Cornelius Road Park, 247 Cornelius  Road, Mooresvile, NC 28117 Iredell County
Free
Register
Take the City Nature Challenge. Outdoor family fun! Bring the kiddos and join us as a citizen in a community of scientists. Join us at Cornelius Road Park  and explore what you can find! Field guides and supplies will be there for loan as well. Bring your cell phone or camera with the iNaturalist App downloaded to add observations.

City Nature Challenge Collection
May 1, 12-3pm
City of Salisbury Parks and Recreation, Hurley Park 303 Annandale Ave Salisbury, NC
Free
Bring your cell phone or camera with the iNaturalist App downloaded to add observations of plants and animals to the City Nature Challenge! Stop by the park on May 1st from 12 pm – 3 pm to learn more about the app and add your own observations!

Monday, May 2

City Nature Challenge at Briarwood Park
May 2, 10-11am
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Eastway Regional Recreation Center, 3150 Eastway Park Dr. Charlotte, NC
Free
Register
Using the community science app iNaturalist, we will investigate and identify the plants and animals that call Briarwood park home. Bring the whole family, smart phone too, and we will practice using iNaturalist while participating in a global nature challenge! We will meet in Eastway’s Nature Room. Be prepared to hike up to 2 miles. This is not a drop-off program. Parent participation required.

City Nature Challenge: Using Technology in Nature
May 2, 10-11am
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2986 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte, NC 28215
Free
Register
Discover how to use your smart phone to help you better identify and understand the world around you. We will showcase various apps to use while exploring the trails at Reedy. Bring your smart phone with you! Adult participation required if under 18.

City Nature Challenge Hike
May 2, 3-4:30pm
Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, McDowell Nature Center, 15222 South York Road Charlotte, NC 28278
Free
Register
Ready for a challenge? Take part in a global community science event on this hike by assisting us in finding and documenting as many plants and animals as we can. No walk-ins accepted. Pre-registration required (for adult and child alike).

Friday, May 6

Bioblitz Identification Picnic
Friday, May 6, drop in any time noon – 2 p.m.
Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27705
Free
More information
Join a group of environmental enthusiasts to identify observations submitted through iNaturalist! Learn how to identify different living things, share your expertise with others, use our field guides and other resources, get support using iNaturalist, and have fun together outdoors. 
Bring your own charged device that can connect to iNaturalist (smartphone or laptop and picnic supplies like a blanket, food or drinks.

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