Date

Apr 26 - 29 2024

WEST MICHIGAN CITY NATURE CHALLENGE

FRIDAY, APRIL 26 | 12AM - MONDAY, APRIL 29 | 12PM

 

Have fun being a part of science!
Save wildlife and wild places

The City Nature Challenge is a worldwide bio-blitz event created by iNaturalist in 2016 to celebrate community science and outdoor recreation. With more than 500 cities participating from around the globe, this is one of the largest community science events in the world!
What is a bio-blitz?

A bio-blitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. 

  1. Download iNaturalist and start taking photos of wildlife (plants, animals, fungi) in Allegan, Barry, Kent, and Ottawa counties
  2. Join the “City Nature Challenge 2024: West Michigan” project on iNaturalist
  3. Tell 3 people in your life about the City Nature Challenge and invite them to participate!

You can participate by using iNaturalist anywhere in the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Kent and Ottawa. 

The reach of City Nature Challenge is global! Over 500 cities around the world are participating, and last year ~66,000 individual people participated. 

Every participant provides an opportunity for new observations of all kinds of species found in west Michigan. This could be hundreds, even thousands of new observations! We also hope to encourage you and everyone in our community to get more involved in community science. 

Become a Wildlife Explorer! 
Welcome to our Wildlife Exploration Days! Once a month join John Ball Zoo for a unique opportunity to celebrate Earth’s biodiversity and learn how to take action to make a difference. 
When you arrive, grab your Wildlife Explorer Passport. With your passport in hand, make your way to our Wildlife Exploration Stations where you can learn more about animals, engage with interactive activities, and collect a badge for your passport. Each badge collected is an opportunity to enter to win prizes! Attend all of our Wildlife Exploration Days to complete your passport. 

 

EVENT DETAILS 
Story Time with Circle Theatre |  10AM – 10:30AM
Otter Training | 11AM
Superhero Meet-and-Greets |  11AM – 3PM

Captain America
Black Panther
Spiderman
Black Widow
Bear Feeding | 12PM
Chimp Feeding | 2PM

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Location

John Ball Zoo
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