City Nature Challenge 2017: Boston Area

Massachusetts is home to a great diversity of life, from the Berkshires to Boston to the bay. Join us for the Boston City Nature Challenge – a fun competition with cities across the country to document the most species during April 14-18, 2017. Check out the city leader board here.

Any observation of plants, animals, fungi, even microbes, in the greater Boston area between April 14-18th will count for the challenge. See the map below for the area we will cover. Download the iNaturalist app, then observe and upload. Its that easy. We’ve already won the Super Bowl. Let’s keep that competitive spirit going and observe more species than any other metropolitan area!

The Boston City Nature Challenge is organized by Environmental Studies at Brandeis University, Encyclopedia of Life, Earthwatch Institute, MIT Senseable city lab, NEOSEC, and the New England Aquarium. The national event is organized by Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences.


Here are some observations from the Greater Boston Area on During the project, we will showcase current City Nature Challenge observations here.