Community Meets Nature Through the Work of Students

April 30th, 2018

The culmination of our work over the last couple months with students at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School (MELS) took place Saturday with an event at Forest Park as part of the global 2018 City Nature Challenge.

What is it? It was an opportunity to 1. Find Wildlife 2. Take a Picture of What we Find 3. Share Our Observations via

With Mother Nature giving us the most beautiful day, we had a daylong of visits on Saturday from familiar faces and new Forest Park visitors as they took part in the City Nature Challenge.

Check out this graphic showing hi-res images of the types of observations made during our bio blitz event for the 2018 City Nature Challenge in FOREST PARK, adjacent to the QueensWay site.


By end of day, we had 294 observations uploaded via the iNaturalist app. During the entire weekend, we got nearly 900 observations uploaded into the app with images.

Organized by partnership between The Trust for Public Land and Friends of the Queensway, we partnered with Dr. Kelly O’Donnell and her Macaulay Honors College students, MELS staff and students, and NYC H20 for this great event #CNC18FORESTPARK

We must also shoutout the Californian Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles for starting this global challenge!

Event Details

City Nature Challenge 2018: FOREST PARK

April 28th, 2018

11:30 am – 5:30 pm

8989 Union Turnpike, Flushing, NY, USA

Go to the Event Announcement