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Atlanta City Nature Challenge

The inaugural 2019 City Nature Challenge, led locally by Fernbank, was a huge success! 159 cities around the world competed to see who could make the most nature observations, find the most species, and engage the most people over a four-day-period.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated and helped showcase our “city in a forest.” With your help, Atlanta placed in the top 20% worldwide in all major categories!  

The 2020 Atlanta City Nature Challenge will be April 24 - 27. If your organization is interested in becoming a City Nature Challenge Partner, please email

2019 Challenge: Atlanta By the Numbers 

  • 8,920 total observations (32nd worldwide)
  • 1,483 species (27th worldwide)
  • 423 observers (30th worldwide)
  • 325 identifiers (31st worldwide)

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Sign up for email announcements about the 2020 challenge as well as information on Fernbank’s many outdoor programming opportunities. (Select the “Outdoor Programming” option when setting your email preferences.)

THANK YOU to our 2019 City Nature Challenge Partners