Join an international challenge to help your city discover and document the most plants and wildlife in an urban area with the City Nature Challenge from April 29 – May 2.

The City Nature Challenge is a family-friendly, global competition among metro areas to see whose residents can spot and identify the most wildlife. Residents can look for plants and animals in backyards, local parks, hiking trails, neighborhoods and other areas.

To participate, create a free iNaturalist app account and upload your photos taken from April 29 – May 2.

In Kansas City, a free City Nature Challenge Kickoff will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and Saturday April 30 at the Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO. Learn more at City Nature Challenge Kickoff. The Heartland Conservation Alliance will host the Heartland Nature Celebration with guided nature hikes every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30 at the Heartland Overlook Preserve, 9106 Chestnut Ave., Kansas City, MO. All events are free.

Get more information from City Nature Challenge sponsors, including the city of Kansas City, MO, the Heartland Conservation Alliance and Kansas City Zoo.

Find events in your city at City Nature Challenge.

Photo Credit: David Slipher/UC Davis