Information for Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to be an iNaturalist pro! We would love for some nature-loving Macaulay students to build on their BioBlitz experiences and volunteer to help at one of our many public events during the City Nature Challenge. Don’t worry if you are a first year student and haven’t done the BioBlitz yet; the CNC will be great preparation for that in the fall!

The goal of the CNC is to get the public to observe and appreciate the nature that surrounds us in our urban habitat. As a volunteer, you will be trained to help people participating in the event to use the free app, iNaturalist, to make high quality ecological observations. iNaturalist is the app we use at the annual BioBlitz. You will get community service credit for the time you spend helping the public become citizen scientists!

Training will consist of two parts: one part you can finish on your own (you’ll be emailed this task) and one part you will need to come to MHC for. Then, you will have to attend at least one of the City Nature Challenge events happening all over the city. The City Nature Challenge takes place over four days in April: Friday, April 24 through Monday, April 27, 2020.

We can’t wait to have you join us! You’ll get to spend a nice day outside in the spring weather and bring science to the people!

Fill out the form below and we will contact you soon! Thanks!