City Nature Challenge

Sunday, May 1, 2022, 12:01am to 11:59pm
Friday, April 29, 2022, 12:01am to 11:59pm
Saturday, April 30, 2022, 12:01am to 11:59pm
Monday, May 2, 2022, 12:01am to 11:59pm

For the first time ever, the University of Iowa is joining 400+ cities around the world to document nature as part of the City Nature Challenge! You can contribute to citizen science during this global biodiversity challenge no matter where you are in Iowa City! Observations collected during this period are used for monitoring biodiversity and ecological research.

From April 29th – May 2nd, find and photograph plants and animals on campus, in your backyard, in parks, along city streets - anywhere you find nature in Iowa City.  Then, simply use the iNaturalist app to upload your photos and add them to the Iowa City project!

Participating is Easy:

  • 1. Download the iNaturalist app and make an account (Apple) (Android)
  • 2. Take photos of WILD plants, animals, and insects anywhere in Iowa City between April 29 and May 2
  • 3. Upload your discoveries to iNaturalist
  • 4. Follow the results of the Iowa City Challenge to see the wildlife that is found in Iowa City
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Beth MacKenzie in advance at 319-384-3415 or