Montgomery Parks is participating in the City Nature Challenge in April 2019, and we want you to participate with us! Anyone can become a citizen scientist in the parks. Learn how you can get involved:
Make Your Observations
April 26 to 29, 2019
Help Identify Observations
April 30 to May 5, 2019
In April 2019, cities across the world will compete to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most participants. Observations are recorded in the iNaturalist app and contribute to important environmental research. Hundreds of people will go outside to look for nature in the Washington D.C. region. Anyone can participate, and Montgomery Parks is here to help you become a citizen scientist, too!
⇒ Learn more about the City Nature Challenge, invented by scientists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the California Academy of Sciences in 2016.
We believe the Challenge is a great way to spend quality time with friends and family learning about the nature right outside your door. And you’ll be contributing to a valuable biodiversity mapping database used by scientists all over the world to study and protect wildlife.
Join a free program. Get the most out of your Challenge experience by joining one of our free programs with a Park Naturalist. If you need just a little help getting started, then an iNaturalist Training at one of the Nature Centers is a great way to get all your questions about the Challenge answered. And check out one of the many Nature Hikes with a Park Naturalist happening during the Challenge weekend. Drop by Brookside Nature Center to learn more about this during Montgomery Greenfest!
Brookside Nature Center offers public programs through Activemontgomery.com for adults, families and kids to engage with the mysteries of nature found in Montgomery County.