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City Nature Challenge ABQ

Friday, April 29, 2022 to Monday, May 2, 2022

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City Nature Challenge is an annual global collaborative effort to find and document wildlife observations in and around urban areas.

City Nature Challenge ABQ invites everyone in Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia counties to explore nature in and around your community and share your observations from April 29 to May 2, 2022. Help us compete against cities all over the world and get your kids outside!

How to Participate

  1. Set up an account on or in the iNaturalist app
  2. Join the CNC ABQ 2022 Project (note: children under 13 need adult approval to make an account, or create a shared class/family account)
  3. Take and submit your photos of animals and their signs (tracks, scat, feathers, etc.), plants, and fungi that you find during the challenge.
  4. Help identify others’ observations, and have iNaturalist and its community help you, thru May 8th.


Head to the City Nature Challenge Education Toolkit for guidance on how to participate with your class, and access activities aligned to NGSS for all grade levels. You can also use iNaturalist all school year long to get your students interested and excited in being outdoors and looking closely for species that live around them, from bugs, to birds, to beavers.

City Nature Challenge is an annual global collaborative effort to find and document wildlife observations in and around urban areas, organized by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and California Academy of Sciences. Join nature enthusiasts worldwide in discovering the biodiversity in your area!

In-Person Events

The following events are affiliated with the Albuquerque City Nature Challenge

University of NM Geography Department

  • April 29, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Bandelier East, UNM campus

Students in the GEOG2115 class (“Information Design in Science and Society,” taught by Dr. Yolanda Lin) will have an informational table set up outside to encourage UNM students to participate.

Discovery Day: Cottonwood Forest Creatures

  • April 30, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

This pre-school aged youth program takes place inside the Open Space Visitor Center where participants will make new discoveries about the world around them. The program includes hands-on science, literacy, and art projects. Participants will also receive a packet at the end of the session with various activities and images so that the days discoveries can continue at home. Different themes take place each session and may include a short excursion outside. Program cost is $5 per family.

Questions? Contact Ellie Althoff, Open Space Coordinator/Educator at (505) 768-4955 or

City Nature Challenge at the San Pedro Library

  • April 30, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • 5600 Trumbull Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

San Pedro is teaming up with Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to participate in the City Nature Challenge 2022, a friendly competition between urban areas across the world to see which communities can make the most observations of nature. We will be observing and documenting the plant and animal life in and around San Pedro’s ABQ Backyard Refuge Pocket Garden with the iNaturalist digital app.

San Pedro Event Information

Gecko Discovery Hike

  • April 30, 8 p.m.
  • Piedras Marcadas Park (Coors and Eagle Ranch)

Come join us to look for Turkish House Geckos on the west side of Albuquerque! Bring a flashlight and your camera! Observations will be entered into as part of the City Nature Challenge!

No registration required. Contact:

Bosque Wild Hike

  • May 1, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Open Space Visitor Center, 6500 Coors Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Join this volunteer-led hike and learn about the natural and cultural history of the Bosque. This is a moderately strenuous 2.5 mile guided tour. Please bring water, comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather. Don't forget your camera and binoculars if you've got them!

Register: or (505) 768-4950, or at the Visitor Center in person

Important Links

Contact Information

Fiana Shapiro

(505) 281-5259


Anywhere outdoors you decide to go in Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia counties! Neighborhoods, schoolyards, parks, open space, national forest, etc.