Help us show off the biodiversity of the nation's capital and surrounding areas by making as many observations of as many species as possible April 27-30, 2018! You can also help with IDs for other people's observations to increase our species count, come to a bioblitz, or even hold your own event.

Would you or your organization like to be involved? Join our regional Google Group for ideas and support!

Spread the word—it's a big area! Counties/cities in the census-defined metropolitan area include:
Washington, DC
Virginia: Alexandria, Arlington County, Clarke County, Culpeper County, Fairfax County, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier County, Loudoun County, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Spotsylvania County, Fredericksburg, Stafford County, Warren County
Maryland: Calvert County, Charles County, Frederick County, Montgomery County, Prince George's County
West Virginia: Jefferson County

Which city on Earth has the most nature and the most engaged residents? The City Nature Challenge 2018 (April 27-30) will help us find out! More than 75 cities on six continents are asking residents of and visitors to these urban areas to explore nature all around them and document the species they find - see the full list of cities here. Results will be announced Monday, May 7, so be sure to upload your observations by then!

Building on the success of the first City Nature Challenge in 2016 between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the 2017 City Nature Challenge across 16 US cities, the event founders, the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, have expanded the event around the world.

Last year over 126,000 observations were logged in 5 days by over 4000 citizen scientists, representing more than 8500 species in the United States! That works out to one observation about every 3 seconds of the City Nature Challenge! What will we find this year, when we look all over the world?

Join the project and check back here for events happening in the region during the City Nature Challenge!

Get inspired for the City Nature Challenge at the Smithsonian! In person on Feb. 9!

We are pleased to announce the next Washington DC Area Citizen Science Regional Meeting, to be held on Friday, Feb. 9th. Consider yourselves invited! The meeting will take place at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, thanks to Robert Costello.

We’ll launch the meeting with a presentation by the ever-inspiring Chris Meyer, Principal Investigator for the Moorea Biocode project (an initiative to identify all land and marine species on and around one island in French Polynesia) and a major driver of the Biocube project (inventory of all life that exists in one cubic foot).

The rest of the meeting will focus on Washington DC and Baltimore metro areas’ participation in the 2018 City Nature Challenge (CNC). Many organizations and individuals have already been making plans via email and phone, but this is an opportunity to connect and collaborate in person. You’ll also have an opportunity to hear about available resources, promotional materials, and trainings currently ...more ↓

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