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AT24-134 Citizen Science: iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge, Lost Maples

April 14 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Event Title: Citizen Science : iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge, Lost Maples

VMS-AT:AT: Riverside Nature Center (Enter AT#, Class Title as posted, and Presenter)

Comments: AT24-134 Citizen Science: iNaturalist and the City Nature Challenge, Lost Maples, Presenter:
Laura M. Levy (AT=5.5 hr max)

Event Date: 03/21/2024
Event Time: 9:00a-3:00p

repeats 4/4 and 4/18

Event Summary:
Lost Maples Introductory Walk and Habitat discovery followed by presentation on the city Nature Challenge and I Naturalist Training

Event Description:

9:00am-12:00N (3h AT)

Introductory walk from the Bird Blind to the Pond with discussion of flora and fauna found at Lost Maples and trends over time at this park. 9:00am-12:00N (3h AT)

12:30pm-3pm (2.5h AT)

Starting at the Pond, presention on INaturalist and the City Nature Challenge followed by hands-on data collection with iNaturalist mobile app

Participants can join nature walk at 9 am from the bird blind to the pond to learn about the flora and fauna of Lost Maples park. However, it is not necessary for to walk from 9-Noon to the pond with the group. Participants may simply meet at the pond at 12:30 for the City Science and iNaturalist data collection portion of the day.

Participants should bring their own lunch, as there are limited opportunities nearby.

To fully participate in the hands-on data collection, PRIOR to the event attendees must visit iNaturalist.org to 1) create a login account and 2) install the iNaturalist mobile app on their Android or Apple mobile device.

Laura M. Levy states that after one innocent bird walk at Lost Maples, she’s since found herself living life through binoculars. In her career, she has combined data and technology to solve problems. She also discovered the joy of teaching and led GPS/GIS mapping classes for land managers and later test prep classes. As a confessed data geek and outdoors person, her days are now devoted to documenting nature’s wonders – birds, butterflies, plants etc – and sharing that passion with others.

Life is just a walk in the park and there is no better place to be than in the Texas Hill Country!

Cost: Free with Park Admission Reservations online

Register @: No Registration Required

Event Location:
Lost Maples State Natural Area
37221 RM 187
Vanderpool, Tx 78885

Laura M. Levy

Contact Information:
Amanda Zumwalt (830) 966-3413

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April 14
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Lost Maples State Park
37221 RM 187
Vanderpool, Texas 78885
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