To participate in the City Nature Challenge 2019: Chicago Wilderness Region individuals simply observe and take a picture of wild plants and animals and upload them to iNaturalist, anytime within the project dates. No prior experience necessary – anyone and everyone in the Chicago Wilderness region is welcome to participate. Many organizations coordinate guided CNC events to provide more context and personal interaction with interested volunteers.
What’s in it for CW members? CNC offers the public an innovative opportunity to use technology to volunteer in a meaningful way, while conservationists gain valuable data about the biodiversity of our region. Over 1,000 species and almost 7,000 observations in the CW were submitted to the project in 2018. Additionally, the CNC offers members a chance to share the human health and environmental benefits of your conservation successes with the public.
For more information City Nature Challenge
For information about hosting a City Nature Challenge event or to share your CNC event, please contact Katie Miller, City Nature Challenge Regional Director, at CWRCNC@gmail.com.
Partners include California Academy of Sciences, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Friends of the Forest Preserves, Northeastern Illinois University Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, North Branch Restoration Project and Whimbrel Birders Club.
The boundaries of the Chicago Wilderness region capture a spectacular concentration of ecosystem types, from dunes along the lake to tallgrass prairie, dappled oak savannas, shady ravines, and beech-maple forests. While you can make observations of local plants and animals on your own, you can also join planned bioblitzes and other events put on by local nature organizations at Illinois Beach State Park, Forest Preserves of Cook County, Kankakee River State Park, Berrien County, Michigan and many more.