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Join the month-long nature challenge "Parks for Pollinators" and bring awareness to the biodiversity in Chicago's parks.
Join the month-long nature challenge "Parks for Pollinators" and bring awareness to the biodiversity in Chicago's parks.
Photo: Chicago Park District

Free challenges encourages people to find, record and document pollinators in Chicago to help identify areas for conservation and opportunities for increasing biodiversity in our park system. 


The “Parks for Pollinators” self-guided nature challenge encourages city dwellers to become citizen scientists and venture out into Chicago Park District’s green spaces and their own backyards to identify and document the pollinators, and the pollinator-friendly plants in the area.  The self-guided challenge will run from September 1 through September 30 at all Chicago Park District locations. 
 
This initiative is a national campaign led by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and focuses on raising public awareness about the current pollinator crisis by encouraging park visitors to engage in an interactive activity to help in promoting habitat protection and biodiversity.

On September 10,  the Park District will host a Pollinators BioBlitz at Skinner Park, 1331 W. Adams St., from 11 am to 1 pm. Park staff will demonstrate how to use iNaturalist app and how-to join the project, as well as locate insects and plants throughout the garden for observations.

The observations documented by city residents and visitors help identify the pollinators and the plants that they frequent and are important indicators of the health of our urban biodiversity. An observation includes a photo or sound, a description of the pollinator and/or plant, and the date and location of the encounter. For more information on iNaturalist, click here. Everyone is invited to participate by downloading the iNaturalist app to an Android or iPhone. Patrons may also add their observations online at iNaturalist.org.  After downloading the app and/or signing up online, participants must join the “Parks for Pollinators 2022: Chicago Park District” project here