The 2023 City Nature Challenge is just around the corner! I’m reaching out on behalf of the National Aquarium to share this opportunity with any interested organizations. The City Nature Challenge is a collaborative effort involving cities all over the world to identify as many wildlife species as possible in their urban setting over a 4-day period using the iNaturalist platform. The National Aquarium is the regional coordinator for the City Nature Challenge for the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, and we are inviting you and your organization to partner with the National Aquarium to promote and participate in this exciting challenge. 

The 2023 challenge is taking place from Friday, April 28 through Monday, May 1. The attached Save the Date and FAQ documents have additional information. You can also visit the National Aquarium City Nature Challenge Website (Please note this webpage will be updated with 2023 information in early February). Please feel free to share these resources with your network. 

With the help of many partner organizations and vol2023 FAQ – Baltimore CNCCNC23 Save the Dateunteers during last year’s City Nature Challenge, Baltimore documented over 7,000 wildlife observations! The full results are listed here on iNaturalist. Your partnership and participation will help 2023 be the best City Nature Challenge yet. Partnership is flexible based on what you’re interested in and have capacity to do.    

Generally, organizations that partner with us fulfill one or more of the following roles:  

  • Help promote the challenge 
  • Make wildlife observations during the dates of the challenge 
  • Host observation (or other) events during the dates of the challenge to encourage participation 
  • and/or help identify species that have been observed 

If you are interested in getting involved and staying connected with updates, please complete this brief form at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions, please reach out to Scott Shatto, Conservation Project Manager, at sshatto@aqua.org. 

Thank you, 

Mollie Boyd