After an incredibly successful City Nature Challenge 2019, with almost 1 million observations of 31,000+ species uploaded in 4 days by 35,000+ people, we’re already planning for City Nature Challenge 2020!
2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of the City Nature Challenge, and we’re excited to celebrate those together. After getting feedback from the 2019 local organizers, the dates for CNC 2020 will be:
April 24-27: observation period
April 28-May 3: uploading and IDing
May 4: results announced!
If those dates work for you and you’d like to help organize the City Nature Challenge in your city, now is the time to let us know! You can sign up here: https://forms.gle/121Br6oEuSPnammH7.
General requirements for being an organizer are:
- Making monthly online meetings
- Creating and maintaining your city’s CNC project
- Promoting the CNC in your area including how to best participate
- Completing milestones in a timely manner (based on a timeline given to organizers)
- Agreeing to guidelines around logo use, talking to media, fundraising, partnerships, etc.
We’ll have our first meeting with new CNC organizers in September, and will start our planning meetings with all organizers (new and returning) in October.
Not only does the City Nature Challenge get people outside and making observations in your region, but it helps build the community of people who regularly make iNaturalist observations. Check out the bump in the baseline of active users (top blue line) after each CNC!:
We hope you’ll join us in building this community and being part of this worldwide celebration of biodiversity in 2020!