City Nature Challenge – SWNP’s Challenge @ Southwest Nature Preserve
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

What is City Nature Challenge?
Hosted by iNaturalist, the City Nature Challenge is 4-day international effort, April 26-29, for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. Cities compete to see who can make the most observations, find the most species, and engage the most people.

Why document our natural world?
Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them.

Activities at Southwest Nature Preserve
You are invited to join other naturalists at the preserve Saturday, April 27. Volunteers will offer tours and help you navigate the iNaturalist app. All ages can contribute by posting photos of plants, animals, insects or any other evidence of life. Just bring your cameras and smartphones – and a keen eye – to document nature. We will provide water.

Starting from the parking lot, we’ll try to see how much nature we can find at the Preserve:
– 2:30 – Trail Walk
– 3:00 – Fishing pier and riparian area
– 4:00 – Pollinator Meadow

How you can prepare in advance
Download the free iNaturalist smartphone app at home from the AppStore or Google Play.
or Create an account.

Program: Establishing and Maintaining Native Plants: Prairie Restorations and Pollinator Gardens @ Community Room at the Arlington Police Department's West District Service Center
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Heather Bass, Botanist and Native Landscaping Consultant at BRIT, will provide an overview of lessons learned about successful native plant establishment and maintenance during three research projects looking at a native prairie restoration, a native prairie creation, and establishing sustainable urban pollinator gardens. 

Parking is available in the front of the building, accessed from Ron McAndrew Drive
The program is free and open to the public.