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WCTE's Age of Nature Contest

WCTE will be airing an amazing new PBS miniseries this fall- The Age of Nature. To celebrate this series, along with the beauty and wonder of nature, we're hosting an Age of Nature Scavenger Hunt and an iNaturalist Observation Contest. If you're a student in grades 5 - 12, this is your opportunity to show us your inner naturalist and win some great prizes. Plus, the Grand Prize winner will get a package worth $200 and serve as WCTE's naturalist for 2020.

Contest deadline extended to November 12th!!

Nature Hikes With Local Parks

Go on a nature hike with your local park and get ahead of the competition!
Parks currently participating in the Age of Nature scavenger hunts:

  • Edgar Evans - September 26th @ 9 AM
  • Cummins Falls
  • Rock Island
  • Burgess Falls
  • Standing Stone

You can go on any state park nature hike and use it as an opportunity to complete your Age of Nature scavenger hunt. Visit the State Parks page to find a nature hike near you.

How to Participate - iNaturalist Page & Contest Rules

  1. Create an iNaturalist accout. You can download the app on your smartphone or create an account on your computer.
  2. Join the WCTE Age of Nature Project.
  3. Read the full contest rules and guidelines.
  4. Get out in nature and start observing!

How to Make an Observation on iNaturalist using our Mobile A

Scavenger Hunt and iNaturalist Observation Contest

Important Dates:

  • August 29: Contest opens
  • November 12: Contest submissions Due
  • November 30: Contest winners announced

Participant Eligibility:

  1. Participants must be within the broadcasting area of WCTE (cable, satellite, air, or remote log-in) -WCTE Station Broadcast Map
  2. Students in elementary grades 5-8 and high school grades 9-12 are eligible to participate in both the scavenger hunt and/or the iNaturalist observation contest.
  3. Students may be enrolled in public, private, or homeschooling programs.
  4. In order to participate in the iNaturalist observation contest, a student must first complete the scavenger hunt for their grade level.

Participant Requirements:

  1. Students must first create an iNaturalist account (in collaboration with a parent). Students should download iNaturalist to an iPhone or Android smartphone, or they may take photos on a regular camera and upload them to their iNaturalist account via directly. Photos taken on a camera and uploaded to Flickr may also be imported into iNaturalist as observations.
  2. All observations must be made within the date ranges of August 29 through November 5.
  3. Location services (GPS) must be enabled for iPhone, Android, or any camera used for this activity. These data are required to upload information into iNaturalist.

Tutorial Videos for iNaturalist

How to Use iNaturalist's Photo and Sound Uploader

How to use iNaturalists’s Identify Page