*Extended from original summer-only dates. Now you have the full school year!
Students from Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber studying anywhere in the world can add an experience to their Co-Curricular Record by taking part in the Humber Arboretum's iNaturalist Student Challenge!
The challenge is a fun way to learn about citizen science, get outside, and connect with the natural world, all with the support of Humber Arboretum staff. Do a little background reading, watch a video, sign up for iNaturalist, and get started on your 30 observations!
Read on for all the details of how to take part.
If you require alternative formats for the video or survey, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
After you've completed everything in step one, use this form to register for the challenge.
(You will need to know your iNaturalist user name and be prepared to respond to the article and video.)
Within a few days of you submitting the form, we will add you to the Humber Arboretum Student Challenge project on iNaturalist, where our staff will help you identify what you've seen, and you'll be able to explore the observations made by other students. But you don't need to wait to be added to the project to start on step three...
Get outside and explore! This can be near your home, or at a location you're visiting (Safety first - follow all physical distancing guidelines for wherever you are and either stick to areas you know well or take a friend along from inside your social bubble).
You need to upload a minimum of 30 high-quality observations to iNaturalist before April 15, 2022 to complete the challenge. Please note that we will not count more than 5 observations from the same day, so you will need to go out and use iNaturalist on at least six different occasions during that time.
So what is a "high-quality observation"? Each of your observations must:
Members of the Arboretum staff (and possibly general iNaturalist users) will look at your observations and make comments to help you with identification. But be patient, as it may be up to a week between when you post an observation and receive comments on it.
Of course we hope that you will have enjoyed the experience, and will continue to discover the world around you with your iNaturalist account! We'll keep you in the group's iNaturalist Project until the end of the Challenge unless you ask us to remove you, so that you can see what other students are observing.