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Atlanta City Nature Challenge

Led locally by Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Friday, April 26 – Monday, April 29, 2019


Fernbank Museum is proud to announce Atlanta’s participation in the annual City Nature Challenge, joining more than 100 cities participating in a global initiative to encourage a greater appreciation for nature.


City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a world-wide event allowing cities to compete in a challenge to see who can tally the most nature observations. CNC began in 2016 as a friendly competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco coordinated by California Academy of Sciences and Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. Over 430,000 observations were made during the 2018 challenge. This bio-blitz type event encourages citizen scientists of all ages to participate.


Our goal is to connect people to nature while they help contribute to urban biodiversity data. Atlanta is biologically diverse and by crowd sourcing data, citizen scientists can help give valuable insight into what specifically calls Atlanta home. Over time this data can help researchers see trends and identify at-risk species or potentially find new populations of threatened species.


The range for participation includes the 9 counties closest to downtown Atlanta: Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale.

Get Involved 

Fernbank Museum is looking for individual participants and partner organizations. Participation is easy! Simply follow these steps:

  • Stay Informed: Sign up to receive email updates, tips and fun facts relating to the Atlanta City Nature Challenge. (Select the “Outdoor Programming” option.”)
  • Download iNaturalist: Click here or search for iNaturalist in the app store.
  • Get Outside: Explore nature, either in your own backyard, local green space or state/national park; anywhere in the 9-county Metro Atlanta area works, including Fernbank Forest and WildWoods.
  • Find Wildlife: Any plant, animal or fungi in Atlanta counts.
  • Take a Picture: Your picture will be automatically geo-tagged and date stamped by your smartphone.
  • Share Observations: Upload your observations through the free iNaturalist app. 

2019 City Nature Challenge Partners

Led locally by Fernbank Museum of Natural History

If your organization is interested in becoming a City Nature Challenge Partner, please email