SP20 Intro to iNaturalist and Smartphone Ecology

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Saturday February 15

9:30 AM  –  12:30 PM

Intro to iNaturalist and Smartphone Ecology

Instructor: Jonathan Marchal

Saturday, February 15, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

$44 Member | $54 Non-member

Limit: 24 students

BREG | BRN Elective - 3 Hours


There’s an App for that! Smartphones are quickly becoming a valuable tool to aid in exploring the natural world. Participants will learn about the functions of several of these mobile applications and put them to use to learn about the natural world and share observations and experiences with others. Apps that are available for both Apple and Android devices will be covered, with a special emphasis on iNaturalist. Participants should bring their own smartphone or tablet.

Jonathan Marchal serves as Youth Education Manager 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.  


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