In April of 2018, St. Louis joined more than 60 other cities worldwide in the effort to inventory local plant and animal wildlife as a part of iNaturalist's City Nature Challenge. For four days, citizens of the bi-state region went out into their local green spaces and documented the plants, birds, insects, fish, mammals and other wildlife they found. During those same four days, citizens of other cities around the world did the same, and when it was over, St. Louis ranked 12th worldwide, and first in the midwest!
The challenge has been issued again in 2019, but the field this year is much bigger - more than 160 cities worldwide have signed on to complete this year! We need you and your students to help us defend our title, while learning more about our local biodiversity and citizen science!
Teachers, scout leaders, informal educators and homeschooling guardians throughout the St. Louis Metropolitan area (including nearby counties in Illinois) are encouraged to use this opportunity to engage the young people in their care in the effort to inventory the plants and animals in your local schoolyards. No special training is required to participate, but the Missouri Botanical Garden is offering two free workshops on March 7th and 9th to introduce teachers to the iNaturalist platform, explain what is needed to produce good observations, and provide strategies for identifying plants and animals. The same content will be covered at both workshops.
Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited at each workshop. Seats will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Please complete the form below to indicate your interest in attending.