Get outside and make a difference for local plant and animal species by participating in the upcoming 2021 City Nature Challenge for the Baltimore Area!  The challenge is an opportunity to connect with other cities across the nation – and the globe – while documenting the species found in your own backyard.  Nature is all around us, even in urban areas, and if you look a little harder, you may be surprised by what you find—from the smallest bug in your basement to a red-tailed hawk soaring high above your home.  Learn more, take the pledge to participate, and see the list of in-person events at


All observations uploaded to iNaturalist from April 30 through May 3 that are made in Baltimore City and the following counties will count toward Baltimore’s species tally: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Queen Anne’s.

Observations you make during the challenge will automatically be added to Baltimore’s project page. See all the observations being made across the Baltimore area by visiting the project page.  Be sure to use #CityNatureChallenge if you are sharing your efforts on social media!

Check out the international project to see how Baltimore and hundreds of other cities across the globe are working together to showcase the incredible biodiversity of urban areas.


Be safe. Have fun. Get nerdy with nature.