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Tallahassee/Leon County
City Nature Challenge
April 26-29, 2019

 

Join us as we compete against 170 cities around the world in the 2019 City Nature Challenge. By making observations in iNaturalist anywhere in Leon County between April 26 and April 29, you can help Leon County win the challenge while gathering valuable data about the species found within its borders. Document your finds at home, in your neighborhood with friends and family or at one of our planned events. Join our Leon County City Nature Challenge iNaturalist project and come out to our events in April to take part.

Are you up to the challenge?

Schedule of Events

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Urban Wildlife Trivia

Date: Wednesday, April 24
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Proof Brewing
Event: Come out to Proof for a trivia night with a wild twist!
Address: 1320 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Backyard Wilderness Movie

Date: Thursday and Friday, April 25-26
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Challenger Learning Center
Event: Enjoy a screening of Backyard Wilderness in IMAX 3D! Regular ticket pricing applies on Thursday and Friday. Saturday showing is free!
Address: 200 S Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

City Nature Challenge Kickoff

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9am – 2pm
Location: Railroad Square
Event: Join FWC, WFSU, and a host of other partners for Ecocitizen Day, a day of family friendly activities to kick off the City Nature Challenge. Come for the Nature Capital Proclamation at 9 am and stay for music, readings from local authors, and more.
Address: 602 Mc Donnell Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32310

San Luis Mission Park Exploration

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9:30 – 2:00
Departure Times:
9:30am 10:30am
11:30am 12:30pm
Location: San Luis Mission Park
Event: Make observations using iNaturalist on your own or with the guidance of one of the on-site expert naturalists. You can take a shuttle from Railroad Square or drive your own vehicle.
Address: 1313 San Luis Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32304

ANF Pond Dip-netting

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9am – 2pm
Departure Times:
9am  10am
11am  12pm
Location: Apalachicola National Forest (Note: access only by shuttle from Railroad Square)
Event: Join biologist Rebecca Means to dip-net for amphibians and invertebrates in the name of conservation! You'll find frogs, salamander, insects, wildflowers and much more! Registration is required. Register here.
Address: 602 Mc Donnell Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32310

Backyard Wilderness Movie

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Challenger Learning Center
Event: Enjoy a FREE screening of Backyard Wilderness in IMAX 3D!
Address: 200 S Duval St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Birding With Apalachee Audubon

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9:30 - 2:00
Location: Lake Elberta
Event: Identify birds and other wildlife with guides from Apalachee Audubon Society. Spotting scopes and loaner binoculars will be available.
Address: 594 N Lake Bradford Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32304

Elinor-Klapp Phipps Park Exploration

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 9:30 – 2:00
Location: Elinor-Klapp Phipps Park
Event: Make observations using iNaturalist on your own or with the guidance of one of the on-site expert naturalists. Two butterfly experts will lead a hike at 9:30 to find rare butterflies, and birding guides will be on hand throughout the day to help you spot migratory species. Register here for the butterfly walk.
Address: 4000 N Meridian Rd, Tallahassee, FL 32312

L. Kirk Edwards WEA Bioblitz

Date: Sunday, April 28
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: L. Kirk Edwards Wildlife and Environmental Area
Event: Join knowledgeable FWC staff for a bioblitz of L. Kirk Edwards WEA! (parking and transportation to the event at Apalachee Regional Park) Registration is required. Register Here.
Address: 7550 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311

Lake Lafayette Paddling and Hiking Bioblitz

Date: Sunday, April 28
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Location: Lake Lafayette
Event: Join naturalists for a paddling tour (bring your own boat) or hike as you make observations using iNaturalist.
Address: 4900 Heritage Park Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32311

City Nature Challenge Curation

Date: Tuesday, April 30
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Leroy Collins Leon County Public Library
Event: Join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff and other volunteers to help identify your iNaturalist finds that you made as part of the Tallahassee/Leon County City Nature Challenge. The city with the most species identified wins the competition, so come out to get those identifications made. Food and drinks will be provided. Registration is required. Register here.
Address: 200 West Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL 3230

Curating and Nature Screening

Date: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Proof Brewing
Event: Get your iNaturalist observations identified while enjoying a delicious meal or specialty beer. Then, view of the live screening of an American Spring Live Nature episode!
Address: 1320 S Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32301

City Nature Challenge Curation

Date: Thursday, May 2
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
Location: Northeast Branch Library
Event: Join Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff and other volunteers to help identify your iNaturalist finds that you made as part of the Tallahassee/Leon County City Nature Challenge. The city with the most species identified wins the competition, so come out to get those identifications made. Food and drinks will be provided. Registration is required. Register here.
Address: 5513 Thomasville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312

Record Your Adventure:

Download your City Nature Challenge Passport (printer-friendly black and white version). Travel to event destinations, show your passport and have it stamped for the chance to win freebies and discounts from our partners.

Win Free Stuff and Discounts!

Black Dog On The Square: Get 50% off a popsicle or upgrade your drink for free with three stamps on your passport!
Athena's Garden: 10% off any purchase and a free ounce of any tea blend with 3 or more stamps on the passport
Harry Smith Outdoors: One free kayak tour for the most research grade observations during the City Nature Challenge.
The Marketplace/Feeling Art: 10% off of selected items and 10% off of creative classes for toddlers, kids, adults, and seniors for every passport with three or more stamps.
Coastal Plains Institute: Free natural history boat ride down the Wakulla River for the most research grade species observed during the City Nature Challenge.
Apalachee Audubon Society: Free pair of binoculars and Apalachee Audubon membership for most research grade bird species observations during the City Nature Challenge.
Native Nurseries: $75 gift card for most research grade plant species observations during the City Nature Challenge.