Have an iNaturalist Adventure!
West Linn Parks & Recreation presents a fun program. iNaturalist helps identify plants and animals around you.
The app establishes a connection with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help folks learn more about nature.
By recording and sharing observations, you'll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature.
iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
iNaturalist is relatively easy to use, but a few simple techniques will improve iNaturalist community response, photography skills and the ability to connect with nature all around.
A two-hour training session will help participants learn these skills to go out and apply what's learned.
The activity is divided into two sections: a training session and a field session.
The training session is two hours. The first hour is an introduction to iNaturalist and the second hour will focus on plant identification with web tools.
Identification includes an introduction to photography since good subject photography is a key to identification and confirming your observations.
The field session will be about two hours. Meet at Mary S. Young State Park where participants will photograph and post images of plants and animals.
Even if you are familiar with iNaturalist, we encourage you to join the field session.
If you would like to improve nature photography skills we encourage you to attend both sessions.
Quality local journalism takes time and money, which comes, in part, from paying readers. If you enjoy articles like this one, please consider supporting us.
(It costs just a few cents a day.)