National Geographic Society

National Geographic Society

The Great Nature Project
Help Put Biodiversity on the Map -- See, Snap, Upload, Identify

Celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity by taking photos and sharing them with National Geographic’s Great Nature Project. Wherever you are, biodiversity is there, too! Share it!

From May 15 to 25, people all over the world are documenting biodiversity as part of a global snapshot for National Geographic’s Great Nature Project. So wherever you are, grab a camera and take photos of wild plants and animals that are part of your world. Then upload and share them on or using a mobile app from You can keep track of what you document, look at what amazing biodiversity other people observe, get help identifying what you see, and help others with identification.

Your photo-documented observations contribute to a database of records that scientists, decision-makers, and even you can use to answer questions about where and when different species are present. Together, we can document biodiversity in the world today to inform the decisions of tomorrow.

The Great Nature Project website is integrated with to record observations in a standardized way and allow other users to comment on and suggest species identifications for observations. Participants can also contribute to the global snapshot of biodiversity using a mobile app fromiNaturalist, which is versioned for English, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish.


Toolkit of materials
National Geographic has created a toolkit of materials (in English and Spanish) including the logo, flyers, banners, and postcards to help spread the word, which are available to you, and which you can share with any individuals or organizations who you think might be interested in participating, even just by spreading the word. The toolkit is available on Google Drive. Please email if you have trouble accessing the materials.