The self-guided "Parks for Pollinators" challenge runs Sept. 1-30. Credit: Chicago Park District

CHICAGO — The Park District is encouraging Chicagoans to get outside and explore green spaces during a month-long Parks for Pollinators nature challenge.

The challenge asks Chicagoans to find, identify and record pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants during September, according to a Park District news release. It’s part of a national campaign to raise awareness of the pollinator crisis and encourage local action as pollinators such as the monarch butterfly have declined in number.

Those interested in participating in the free, self-guided challenge can download the iNaturalist app to phone, or they can upload their pollinator-friendly observations at

An “observation” includes a photo or sound, a description of the pollinator or plant and the date and location of the encounter.

After downloading the app or signing up online, participants must join the Parks for Pollinators 2022: Chicago Park District project online.

You can learn more about iNaturalist here.

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