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JC Parks and Rec offering iNaturalist classes

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is offering an iNaturalist City Nature Challenge to encourage citizens to find and document plants and wildlife anywhere in Northeast Tennessee.

The City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts. From April 30-May 3 participants will take photos of plants and wildlife, noting their location, and upload the photos to the iNaturalist app or website at citynaturechallenge.org. From May 4-9 participants will identify the plants and wildlife in their photos using the website and phone app.

Free 30-minute tutorial classes will be offered on how to use the iNaturalist app and how to upload photos. Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist app to their device before class. Tutorial dates, times and locations:

• Thursday, April 15 – 10 a.m., Pollinator Garden in front of Johnson City Public Library

• Friday, April 16 – 10 a.m., Buffalo Mountain, Harris Pavilion

• Friday, April 16 – 2 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road

• Saturday, April 17 – 4 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road

For more information and to sign up, call (423) 434-5757.