Port Moody, Coquitlam, and Port Coquitlam are collaborating with stewardship groups to host free events and activities as part of the City Nature Challenge (April 29 to May May 2, 2022), a friendly global competition that encourages people to find and document wild animals and plants in their cities. 

City Nature Challenge began in 2016 in California and has grown into an international event. It’s organized on a global scale by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California Academy of Sciences. Here in the Tri-City area, we’re calling this bioblitz the Tri-City Nature Challenge! 

The Tri-Cities will compete with communities around the world to gather the most observations about nature, find the most species, and engage the most people from April 29 to May 2. Participants document their findings using iNaturalist, a project of National Geographic and the California Academy of Sciences. iNaturalist is a third-party app and the City of Port Moody makes no claims about the security or privacy of its use. Visit inaturalist.org/pages/privacy to view the iNaturalist privacy policy. 

Join us at an event or go out and document nature in your neighborhood. To have your observations counted for the Tri-Cities in this year’s Nature Challenge:

  • go to www.inaturalist.org or download the free iNaturalist app from the App Store or Google Play and create an account;
  • under Projects, search for and join “City Nature Challenge 2022: Tri-Cities, British Columbia”; and
  • from Apr. 29 to May 2, click Observe on the app or Add Observations on the website to add observations of any wild living or dead organism you see in the Tri-Cities – including plants, animals, birds, fungi, etc. (or evidence of them, such as shells, feathers, or scat). 

Observations may include descriptions, uploaded photos, or photo or audio recordings through the app. Photos should be clear and full-frame. Visit the CNC FAQ page at www.citynaturechallenge.org for detailed instructions and tips for making eligible observations. 

Port Moody events and activities are listed below. All are free (please note that some require pre-registration) and open to all Tri-City residents. Visit coquitlam.ca/naturechallenge and portcoquitlam.ca/naturechallenge to find out what’s happening elsewhere in the Tri-Cities. While iNaturalist is used to contribute findings to the global City Nature Challenge, you do not need to sign up for iNaturalist to participate in local events or activities.

Events and activities

Tri-City Nature Challenge: The Power of Citizen Science with Dr. John Reynolds

When: April 20, 2022 at 7pm
Where: This event will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register here
What: Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the power of citizen science and how you can help preserve nature with Professor John Reynolds from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Reynolds specializes in conservation ecology and is also the chair of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Species in Canada. The talk will include information about how to use an app called iNaturalist to document local wildlife for the Tri-City Nature Challenge. 

Tri-City Nature Challenge: Insects of Noons Creek 
When: April 30, 2022, 9am – 11am
Where: Noons Creek Hatchery (340 Ioco road)
What: Discover what insects live around Noons Creek with invertebrate experts from Port Moody Ecological Society. Help us find, identify, and record insects and learn about the role they play in our environment. We’ll be using an app called iNaturalist, but the use of iNaturalist is voluntary and is not required for participation in this event.
Registration requiredRegister here
Tri-City City Nature Challenge: Bears 
When: May 1, 2022, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Rocky Point Park (2800 Murray Street)
What: Stop by the Tri-Cities Bear Aware booth at the PCT Performance Stage at Rocky Point Park. Learn about bears and document their natural food sources around the park using an app called iNaturalist. We’ll be using an app called iNaturalist, but the use of iNaturalist is voluntary and is not required for participation in this event.
Tri-City Nature Challenge: Bats and Other Creatures at the Rotary Loop Trail
When: April 29, 2022, 7:30 pm
Where: Westhill Park (203 Westhill Place)
What: Take a stroll through the Rotary Loop Trail and help us document the plants and animals that live in the area using the iNaturalist app. After our walk on the trail, join local bat experts and help us detect bats nearby. Bring a chair and blanket for the bat detection and talk. This event will take place rain or shine – dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. We’ll be using an app called iNaturalist, but the use of iNaturalist is voluntary and is not required for participation in this event. If you would like to use iNaturalist, we recommend you download the app ahead of time (iPhone, Android).
Registration required: Register here
Tri-City Nature Challenge: Heron Walk
When: April 30, 2022, 10am – 11:30am
Where: meet at the Port Moody Rec Complex (300 Ioco Road) by the tennis courts
What: Come learn about Port Moody’s herons with local naturalists and help document the species around the colony using the iNaturalist app. This event will take place rain or shine – dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. We’ll be using an app called iNaturalist, but the use of iNaturalist is voluntary and is not required for participation in this event. If you would like to use iNaturalist, we recommend you download the app ahead of time (iPhone, Android).
Registration required: Register here 
Tri-City Nature Challenge at Mossom Creek Hatchery
When: May 1, 2022; 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: 12 Mossom Creek Dr – the hatchery is located at the end of Mossom Creek Drive (up the 1km gravel road)
What: Join the Mossom Creek Hatchery and learn about citizen science, the iNaturalist app, and the plants and animals that live around Mossom Creek. Event will take place rain or shine - dress for weather and wear sturdy shoes. We’ll be using an app called iNaturalist, but the use of iNaturalist is voluntary and is not required for participation in this event. If you would like to use iNaturalist, we recommend you download the app ahead of time (iPhone, Android) and create your account before arriving at the hatchery, as cell reception can be poor.
Registration required: Register here
Tri-City Nature Challenge: iNaturalist Challenge at the Port Moody Public Library
When: April 29 – May 2, during operating hours
Where: Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Drive)
What: Become a backyard scientist for your chance to win! From April 29 to May 2, find wild plants and animals, and show the Library photos you’ve uploaded to an app called iNaturalist – if you don’t have a device, borrow a tablet from the Library for two hours. Then you’ll be able to enter our grand prize draw!
Tri-City Nature Challenge: Little Naturalist Storytime 
When: April 30, 10:30am – 11:15am
Where: Pioneer Memorial Park (275 Knowle Street)
What: Calling all junior scientists! Join us for a special nature-themed, outdoor storytime in Pioneer Memorial Park with songs, stories, activities, a scavenger hunt, and a goodie bag. Register at portmoodylibrary.ca. For all ages.
Tri-City Nature Challenge: Scavenger Hunt at the Port Moody Public Library
When: April 29 – May 2, during operating hours
Where: Port Moody Public Library (100 Newport Drive)
What: Eagle-eyed young naturalists can participate in a scavenger hunt inside the Library (April 29 to May 2). Find all the local flora and fauna hidden in the children’s area to be entered into a draw to win a kid-friendly prize from a local business.
Tri-City Nature Challenge: Story Stroll

When: April 28 – May 6, all day
Where: Memorial Park (275 Knowle Street)
What: Your family can enjoy a stroll and a self-guided story in Pioneer Memorial Park from April 28 to May 6.