What is the City Nature Challenge?

Invented by citizen science staff at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Lila Higgins) and California Academy of Sciences (Alison Young). The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. It’s a bioblitz-style competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most people.

This year we are collaborating with Nanakmatta Public School, Uttarakhand for the City Nature Challenge.

About the School

Nanakmatta Public School is trying to make school learning holistic, joyful, and contextual for the rural students while giving them the exposure and safe democratic space to learn and grow. In order to make learning impactful that promote constitutional values and 21st-century skills, they as a school are practicing some alternative practices like exploring nature and community.

About the City

Nanakmatta is a historical town named after the Sikh pilgrimage site, Gurdwara Nanak Mata Sahib, in the state of Uttarakhand in India. It is situated on the bank of Deoha stream, which has since been dammed into a reservoir named Nanak Sagar.

We are using iNaturalist to upload our observation for this City Nature Challenge. 

Click Here to see our observations on iNaturalist

Download and start exploring the Natural world

One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature!

What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.