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City Nature Challenge 2021: Nashville

April 30, 2021 @ 12:00 AM - May 3, 2021 @ 11:59 PM

Join the 2021 Nashville City Nature Challenge!

Biodiversity is everywhere, even in thriving urban areas like Nashville. Imagine how long it would take one or two scientists to explore Nashville and catalog all the plants and animals! Instead, we need YOU to be a citizen scientist and document the wildlife you see in your backyard, schoolyard, or local park. During the Nashville City Nature Challenge from April 30th to May 3rd, snap a photo and upload your wildlife observations to iNaturalist. You will be helping us understand what plants and animals call Nashville home. (Technically, the Challenge includes Davidson, Williamson, Sumner, Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, and Wilson counties!)

The Nashville City Nature Challenge is organized by the Cumberland River Compact, Warner Parks Nature Center, Metro Parks, and partners across the Middle Tennessee region.


Franklin City Nature Challenge Meet-Up

Where: Bicentennial Park

When: May 1st, 2021 (10am-12pm)

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City Nature Challenge Kick-Off

Where: Warner Park Nature Center

When: April 30, 2021 (8am-10am)

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Bioblitz in Warner Park

Where: Warner Park Nature Center

When: May 1, 2021 (9am-11am)

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City Nature Challenge Kick-Off and How-To!

Where: Shelby Park Nature Center

When: April 30, 2021 (9am-11am)

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City Nature Challenge – On Your Own at Warner

Where: Warner Parks

When: Anytime during the Challenge

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Virtual Program- City Nature Challenge Participant Share

Where: Virtual

When: May 3, 2021 (6-7pm)

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Learn how to use iNaturalist

Tips to Explore Nature

Check out our Favorite Field Guides

Find a Place to Explore

The City Nature Challenge is a great time to explore new pockets of urban biodiversity! Here is a list of places the Cumberland River Compact staff enjoy and recommend!

Or, find a place on our recreation map!


Teachers! Use the City Nature Challenge with Your Classroom


April 30, 2021 @ 12:00 AM
May 3, 2021 @ 11:59 PM


Warner Park Nature Center