Get ready for a global snapshot of biodiversity May 15-25 with National Geographic!

May 15, 2015 12:00am to May 25, 2015 12:00am


From May 15 to 25, our goal is to motivate people to explore biodiversity wherever they are and document as many species as possible. Everything observed between May 15 and 25 and uploaded to or will automatically be counted for the global snapshot.


Your photo-documented observations contribute to a database of records that scientists, decision-makers, and even you can use to answer questions about where and when different species occur. Together, we can document biodiversity in the world today to inform the decisions of tomorrow.


How to participate:
  • Go outside and snap photos of plants, fungi, and animals.
  • Upload your photos on or using the mobile app.
  • Include information about where and when you saw it.
  • Identify what you saw! You don’t have to know exactly what it is-- even “bird” or “flower” helps. You can also get help from other people and suggest identifications for other people’s observations.


We created a toolkit of materials including flyers, banners, and postcards to help spread the word, which you can share with any individuals or organizations who you think might be interested in participating. Please contact us at if you have trouble accessing the materials on Google Drive.


Interested in engaging your community? Here are some suggestions:
  • Spread the word in your email newsletter.
  • Print a flyer from the toolkit and post it in an office, information booth, or trailhead. The flyer was created especially with parks and nature centers in mind!
  • Host an event. You could organize a photo walk, use the assets in the toolkit to help promote it, and show people how to participate in the Great Nature Project. You could do a bioblitz to inventory species in a yard or park (find out more about bioblitzes at iNaturalist has many useful tools to keep track of observations within certain boundaries such as parks (learn more at


To be sure you receive updates in the future about the Great Nature Project, please create an account.


Thank you for everything you do to help connect people to nature. We can’t wait to see what observations come in from your part of the world!
Contact Info: 

Carrie Seltzer and the rest of National Geographic’s Great Nature Project team
National Geographic Society
1145 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4688