Welcome to the City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit! Here you can find classroom activities, field investigations, media and guides to prepare students, nature center visitors, homeschools and more for the CNC. Find tips for bringing kids outside, learn how students can contribute to the CNC through iNaturalist or another observation platform, and see how CNC can fit into your curriculum or education programs. Here are some really useful tips and short video tutorials on how to use iNaturalist. These are a great place to get started!
Please look for survey links in each of the Grade Band pages below. The survey will take about 5 minutes. We are eager to get your feedback, so thanks in advance for helping us improve the CNC Education Toolkit!
Step 1: Get Ready to Bring Kids Outside
Read this educator guide for tips for facilitating, managing, and supporting student outdoor learning and exploration in schoolyards, nearby park, or other green space.
Step 2: Learn How to Use iNaturalist
Take a tour through iNaturalist, the website we will use in the U.S. to document observations. Learn how to best use this technology with students. This can be used in any formal or informal education setting.
Step 3: Integrate into your Curriculum / Education Program
View our “Educator Basecamp,” recommended progressions for short classroom and field activities for formal and informal settings. Progressions include activities, media, and other tools for the CNC, for a variety of ages and experience levels. See how they help to meet science standards and educational goals.
Educator Basecamp Resources
Amy Lorenz, Encyclopedia of Life (Boston, MA)
Anne Haywood, Mountain to Sea Education (Miami, FL)
Benjamin Ong, The Rimba Project / University of Malaya (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Catherine Hoffman, Cumberland River Compact / SciStarter (Nashville, TN)
Emily Mortimer, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance (Tulsa, OK)
Erica Prange, Cleveland Museum of Natural History (Cleveland, OH)
Katie Remine, Woodland Park Zoo (Seattle, WA)
Kelly O'Donnell, CUNY Macaulay Honors College (New York City, NY)
Marie Studer, Encyclopedia of Life (Boston, MA)
Mary Lee Kennedy, Agents of Discovery (New York City, NY)
Pam Eby, Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium (Omaha, NE)
Paul Whisman, Natural History Museum of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)