City Nature Challenge ABQ—Albuquerque Public Schools

ABQ Nature City Challenge

Friday, April 29, 2022


Monday, May 2, 2022

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City Nature Challenge is an annual global collaborative effort to find and document wildlife sightings 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 sightings from April 29 to May 2, 2022. Help us compete with cities around the world world and get your kids out!

How to participate

  1. Create an account on or in the iNaturalist app
  2. Join the CNC ABQ 2022 project (note: children under 13 need adult permission to create an account or create a shared class/family account)
  3. Take and submit your photos of animals and their signs (tracks, droppings, feathers, etc.), plants and fungi you find during the challenge.
  4. Help identify others’ sightings and ask iNaturalist and its community for help, through May 8.


Head to the City Nature Challenge educational toolkit to learn how to participate with your class and access NGSS-aligned activities for all grade levels. You can also use iNaturalist throughout the school year to get your students interested and excited about being outdoors and looking closely for the species that live around them, from insects to birds to beavers.

City Nature Challenge is an annual global collaborative effort to find and document wildlife sightings in and around urban areas, hosted by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. Join nature enthusiasts from all over the world to discover the biodiversity of your region!

In-person events

The following events are affiliated with the Albuquerque City Nature Challenge

NM University Geography Department

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

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

UNM Event Information

Discovery Day: Creatures of Cottonwood Forest

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

This program for preschoolers 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 folder at the end of the session with various activities and images so that the discovery days can continue at home. Different themes take place in each session and may include a short excursion outside. The cost of the program is $5 per family.

Questions? Contact Ellie Althoff, Open Spaces Coordinator/Educator at (505) 768-4955 or [email protected]

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City Nature Challenge at San Pedro Library

  • April 30, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • 5600 Trumbull Ave SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108

San Pedro is partnering with Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge to participate in the City Nature Challenge 2022, a friendly competition between urban areas around the world to see which communities can make the most nature sightings. We will observe and document 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 in searching 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: [email protected]

Wild hike in the Bosque

  • 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 weather-appropriate clothing. Don’t forget your camera and binoculars if you have them!

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

Important links


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

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