BC's Big Nature Challenge
Header photo by Jason Headley
Join the community science movement today!
Confirming British Columbians' love of nature and the outdoors, more than 2 million observations of wildlife and natural species in BC had been aggregrated over iNaturalist and other nature-observation apps by the end of 2021. This year, we're calling on you to help us reach 3 million observations in BC's Big Nature Challenge. Click here to learn more.
When you visit BC's provincial parks and nature areas, collect photographic observations of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms, then upload them to the iNaturalist website or app. These observations help researchers develop a deeper understanding of what parks are protecting and inform management decisions to sustain these protected areas for generations to come. Observations recorded in BC's provincial parks are automatically shared with the BC Parks iNaturalist project.
The BC Parks Foundation, BC Parks, University of Victoria, and Simon Fraser University are collaborating on this project to ensure all British Columbians and park visitors can contribute to the research and understanding of BC’s parks and wild areas.
Get your BC Parks iNaturalist Project toolkit
Do you know when the best time is to see alpine wildflowers?
Do you want to challenge your friends to a game of PARKS bingo?
Or, do you want help with getting started as a community scientist?
Enter your email below to get our iNaturalist Project toolkit sent to your inbox!
Photo by Lena Dietz Chiasson
How to collect data on BC's parks as a community scientist
- Create a free account on iNaturalist.ca and read through their Getting Started Guide
- Make an observation in a BC provincial park or protected area – whether you’re using a mobile phone or a digital camera, please ensure the GPS location services are turned on
- Upload your observation through the iNaturalist mobile app or website
- That’s it! Your observation will be automatically uploaded to the BC Parks project
For a chance to have your observation featured in the BC Parks Foundation e-newsletter or social media, after you post on iNaturalist, share your observation on Instagram, tagging @bcnaturechallenge and #iNatBCParks.
Looking for some photography tips? Download this iNaturalist photography guide.
Help grow the BC Parks Foundation’s community science program
Thinking of making a donation to the BC Parks Foundation? You can support community scientists collecting critical data about our local wildlife and their habitats for $39.75, or you can help researchers collect and analyze wildlife DNA samples to better understand the health, abundance, and distribution of our most treasured wildlife with a donation of $231.87. Click here to donate today - be sure to select "Wildlife Forever" under the program category.
Photo by Jason Headley
September 3, 2019
Looking westward over Naikoon and North Beach from Tow Hill As I stood in the middle of a wetland clearing, surrounded by Sitka spruce trees dripping with moss and...Continue reading…
October 16, 2019
Photo: Dog vomit slime in Naikoon Provincial Park by Jason Headley Around October we start to celebrate...Continue reading…
December 17, 2019
Photo: Clark's nutcracker in Myra-Bellevue Park by Jason Headley Come December, much of our province is under snow or hunkering down during windstorms, and a bit...Continue reading…
February 24, 2020
Photo: Scotch broom in Strathcona Provincial Park by Robby Deans What are invasive...Continue reading…
April 13, 2020
Photo: Black-capped chickadee in Myra Bellevue Provincial Park by Jason Headley, BC Parks iNaturalist Project For much of the past year we’ve been encouraging you to...Continue reading…
June 4, 2020
Photo: The BC Parks iNaturalist Project field team in Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, by Kelly Fretwell You spot an interesting plant, animal, insect, fungus, bird,...Continue reading…
Help Collect One Million Observations of Wildlife in British Columbia with B.C.’s Big Nature ChallengeJune 10, 2020Vancouver, B.C., June 10, 2020 | If COVID-19 has highlighted anything, it is how important nature and outdoor spaces are to a person’s physical and mental wellbeing, and how humans are impacting nature. Now,...Continue reading…
In 2015 I bought myself a camera and decided to get out in the wilderness away from cell/internet range. As I slowed down and watched and listened, a whole new world appeared. The wilderness and its wild animals had many lessons for me. Nature nourishes and teaches us patience. Nothing in nature is rushed. It is divine timing: everything happens when it’s time.”