OP20 Intro to iNaturalist and Smartphone Ecology

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Thursday April 9

3:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

Intro to iNaturalist and Smartphone Ecology

Instructor: Jonathan Marchal

Thursday, April 9, 3 - 4 p.m.

Free; Suggested Donation $15

BREG | BRN Elective - 1 hour for class; up to 3 additional hours can be earned through participating in the BioBlitz (see below)


There’s an App for that! Smartphones are quickly becoming a valuable tool to aid in exploring the natural world. Take a free online introductory class for adults, hosted on Zoom, and gain an overview on how to use the iNaturalist app for documenting observations of the natural world. You’ll identify wildflowers, songbirds, trees and more, with the help of an online community of naturalists, including scientists. Then put your newfound knowledge to use in the coming City Nature Challenge, when we compete with other cities and regions all over the world to see who can observe the most nature over a four-day period, April 24-27. 

Earn a North Carolina BioBlitz patch! Not just for kids, any adult in North Carolina can participate! Students in the Arboretum’s Blue Ridge Naturalist and Eco-Gardener Certificate of Merit programs can earn elective credit by completing the North Carolina BioBlitz Online Module, which includes self study, discussion forums and posting during the City Nature Challenge then go on to earn their North Carolina BioBlitz patch. 



Jonathan Marchal serves as Director of Education at the Arboretum and is the creator of ecoEXPLORE, a youth citizen science initiative. He has been leading outdoor ecology and recreation programming for over twenty years for youth and adults, and was named the 2019 Naturalist of the Year by the Blue Ridge Naturalist Network. He has prior work experience with the National Park System, North Carolina State Parks and Trout Unlimited. He is an award winning, certified environmental educator and has served as the president of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. Jonathan holds an AAS in Recreation and Wildlife Management, a BA in Ecology and a Master’s Degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management. He is the project lead for Team WNC in the City Nature Challenge.  


This class is free with the option to include a suggested donation appearing in your cart at check out. Your generous contribution goes to support education programs at the Arboretum.

To become an Arboretum Member and receive discounts on all future classes, go to our Membership page.