City Nature Challenge
STL City Nature Challenge 2018

City Nature Challenge

April 27–30, 2018
The challenge was to see which city and/or region can document the most species over a four-day period. The goals are increased eco-literacy in the City of St. Louis and the bi-state region and collection of urban biodiversity data throughout the City and region. Follow competition

St. Louis City Events
St. Louis Regional Events
Participant Guide
Educator Guide
Field ID Guides

Update: Friday, May 4
Together, as fellow citizens within the City of St. Louis and the 16 counties making up our bi-state region, we made 10,482 observations of 1,023 species with the help of more than 642 people. TAKE A BOW!

Kudos to San Francisco, San Diego, Dallas, Hong Kong and metro regions across the U.S. and world for their impressive results! While this was St. Louis' first foray into the global challenge, we came in first in the Midwest region...again, TAKE A BOW, ST. LOUIS! Final leaderboard

THANK YOU! We are so incredibly inspired by all of you who jumped in with us to take on this Challenge. Your enthusiasm, expertise, creativity, and willingness to collaborate is what brought the experience to life for all participants. We learned a great deal, thanks to all of you, and are already excited about ideas and strategies for next year. For now, though, let's take a moment to reflect on what we pulled off together, all in the spirit of connecting people with the biodiversity all around them. How incredibly gratifying and energizing!

Gratefully, Your STL City Nature Challenge organizing team:

  • Catherine Werner (City of St. Louis) 
  • Sheila Voss, Jennifer Hartley, and Betsy Crites (Missouri Botanical Garden)
  • Louise Bradshaw and Mike Dawson (Saint Louis Zoo)
  • Josh Ward (Missouri Department of Conservation) 
  • Peggy James Nacke (Academy of Science St. Louis