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2023 City Nature Challenge

Get involved in the 2023 City Nature Challenge. This year, we are collaborating with 27 Councils and 9 environmental organisations across metropolitan Melbourne to participate in the City Nature Challenge and we need your help.

What is the City Nature Challenge?

The City Nature Challenge is an annual global event that celebrates local wildlife and flora through citizen science. The event is coordinated by the California Academy of Sciences and the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum and was first run in 2016.

During the 4-day observation period from Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May, you are invited to find, photograph and document the native plants and animals that lives and grows in our neighbourhood on the iNaturalist app.

Follow how Greater Melbourne is tracking against the rest of the world.

Or follow how Knox is contributing to the Greater Melbourne project.

Get involved with our events happening right across the City Nature Challenge weekend.

iNaturalist training webinar

Wednesday 26 April, 7.30 pm – 9 pm
This online information session will get you ready to participate in City Nature Challenge (CNC), which is running from Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May 2023. Learn how to use the iNaturalist mobile phone app and website. Discover why it is good to contribute to citizen science, with time for any questions.

Register now

Wildlife monitoring walk

Friday 28 April, 10 am – 11.30 am
Fairpark Reserve, Ferntree Gully
Join Biodiversity Officer Kylie on a bushland walk along Blind Creek, from Fairpark Reserve to learn about citizen science, iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge.

Book now

Fungi walk

Saturday 29 April, 9 am – 11 am
Wicks Reserve, The Basin
Fungi can often go unnoticed as you walk through nature, yet they play a critical role in our ecosystem. Become a scientist and join fungi expert, Ema on a guided fungi walk and learn how to make good iNaturalist observations.

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Flora discovery with Knox Environment Society

Saturday 29 April, 11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Wicks Reserve, The Basin
Join your local plant experts from Knox Environment Society and discovery the diverse and exciting plant life at Wicks Reserve.

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Guided bird walk

Sunday 30 April, 9 am – 11 am
Meet at Gilmour Park Dam Wall
Learn more about the birdlife in Knox. Join the Friends of Glenfern Green Wedge to help identify and record bird species at Gilmour Park and surrounds on iNaturalist.

Book now

Flora and fauna discovery

Sunday 30 April, 2 pm - 4 pm
Chatham Avenue Reserve, Ferntree Gully
Help Friends of the Gully (FROGY) to identify and record the various flora and fauna species in Chatman Avenue Reserve.

Book now

Wildlife monitoring walk

Monday 1 May, 10 am – 11.30 am
Lakewood Nature Reserve, Knoxfield
Join Biodiversity Officer Kylie on a bushland walk around Lakewood Nature Reserve to learn about citizen science, iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge.

Book now

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