City Nature Challenge Frequently Asked Questions relating to COVID-19

  NOTE: We urge all participants to carefully follow public health guidelines provided by your local governments, as they are changing in real-time. Individual safety and public health are our utmost priority.

Is the City Nature Challenge still happening? Why or why not?

After careful consideration, we have decided to proceed with the City Nature Challenge (CNC) as scheduled, with observations being made and shared April 29 – May 2, and observations being uploaded and identified May 3 – 8. Results will be announced May 9.

What changes are being made to the City Nature Challenge?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we made some modifications to City Nature Challenge 2020 and 2021 to help keep our organizers and participants safe. Firstly, CNC 2020 and 2021 focused more on collaboration rather than competition. Instead, we wanted to embrace the healing power of nature and encourage the celebratory aspect of the CNC. This allowed people to safely document biodiversity in whatever way they could, even from the safety of their own homes. We urged all participants to carefully follow public health guidelines provided by their local governments, as they are changed in real-time. Individual safety and public health were and will be our utmost priority.

What will the CNC 2022 look like?

We will continue to monitor the situation with regards to COVID-19 as we move into 2022. The decision as to whether CNC 2022 will be a competition or collaboration will be announced in 2022.We want citizen/community scientists around the world to have the opportunity to participate, while still following all federal and local recommendations to keep communities safe. Please stay tuned for any changes to events in your area.

How can the City Nature Challenge help build community and connection during these uncertain times?

City Nature Challenge is—and always has been—about connecting people and communities with nature. In these challenging times, being outdoors and connecting with nature is a safe and responsible way to cope with stress, while maintaining the health of ourselves and our communities. Moreover, CNC allows us to come together, unite, and collaborate with citizen and community scientists around the world, participating in whatever ways they can, to document the biodiversity of our planet. During such uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to foster a sense of community, and the City Nature Challenge allows us to do just that.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 crisis is rapidly evolving. Here are some links and resources to help you stay informed:

Exploring wildlife during COVID-19.

Ideas and resources to help you look for, find, attract, and document nature in your house or yard!