Welcome to the City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit. This Toolkit includes a range of resources for educators, like nature-based activities for all age and guides for bringing iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge into the classroom. Short indoor and outdoor activities are available for all ages and levels of experience. Many of the activities are designed for groups. Most of them can be adapted for use at home and for online learning.
Activities For all Ages
Observe living things in the school yard. Compare observations among different spots in the school yard. Design investigations to answer student or teacher created questions.
Classify and differentiate major groups of plants and animals. Compare observations of species among different areas in the school yard or outdoor space. Design investigations to explore student- and instructor- driven questions.
Identify the characteristics of major groups of organisms on earth and discuss global biodiversity. Build observation, identification, and classification skills. Apply these skills by creating a field guide. Explore CNC results through data analysis.
Students will explore how the public can participate in the scientific process through citizen science. Students will explore the features of iNat and identify local taxa. Students will address misconceptions about science and who can “do” science.
Prompt students to explore why it is important to measure biodiversity in cities and how all can contribute to this effort. Use iNat to observe and identify, gearing toward research grade data. Practice data analysis and visualization skills.
Participants will become aware that biodiversity exists and matters, not only in the wild but also in cities. Help equip them with necessary skills to conduct a BioBlitz using iNat. Reinforce discoveries with the creation of a physical, communicative output.