Western North Carolina:
We Need YOU to Observe Wild Plants and Animals!
At the Cradle we will be showcasing citizen science programs, data collection, and hosting our annual Cradle BioBlitz this year for the City Nature Challenge, April 26-29, 2019.
Visit the Cradle site for one or all four days of exploring and citizen science fun! We are teaming up with the City Nature Challenge and the NC Arboretum to encourage exploration of our local natural spaces.
The City Nature Challenge (CNC) is a friendly competition between cities and regions all over the world to see which one can observe the most nature over a 4-day period. By participating, you’ll not only get out and see some great nature, you’ll help scientists collect data on the biodiversity of our region -and help Western North Carolina win! PLUS: The top participant in Western North Carolina will win an awesome naturalist prize pack!
Three Participation Categories:
Adults: Add the free iNaturalist app for Android and iPhone to your mobile device and sign up for the project: City Nature Challenge 2019: Western North Carolina or if helping with the Cradle Community BioBlitz on Saturday April 27, join the CNC: Cradle Community BioBlitz project
Schools and Youth Groups:You can create a group account at ecoExplore.net to enable your entire class or group to participate at your school, center or local park.
Families and Kids:You can create an individual account at ecoExplore.net and explore the Cradle of Forestry or anywhere you wish!
Schedule of Events at the Cradle:
Saturday April 27:Cradle Community BioBlitz on the Cradle of Forestry in America historic site’s 3 miles of paved interpretation trails.
- Before you arrive:
- For adults: Download iNaturalist app, make an account and join the CNC: Cradle Community BioBlitz project
- For families & children: Visit ecoExplore.net & make an account.
- Arrive 9am for iNaturalist and BioBlitzing tutorial
- 9:30am to 12:00pm Vitual BioBlitz at Cradle
- Admission is free for those joining us at 9am for the BioBlitz on Saturday April 27
Also on Saturday April 27:
1:00pm to 3:00pm Fun citizen science activities at the Cradle. These activities are available to all general admission guests.