Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Invites Citizen Scientists to Participate in

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science Invites Citizen Scientists to Participate in "Wildflower Big Year" Group & Events

July 26, 2022

Thanks to a series of spring storms, wildflowers are peaking in the second half of July and the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is looking for people to join the Wildflower Big Year event. It’s a celebration of the many hundreds of plant species that make the Lake Tahoe region their home. 

There are many ways to enjoy and engage with our local plants, but participants can learn a great deal about our local species and contribute valuable data by taking photos of any local and then uploading their photos to the TINS iNaturalist Project: www.inaturalist.org/projects/tahoe-wildflower-big-year-2022

“It’s a great way for us to gather a ton of useful information,” says TINS’ executive director, Will Richardson. “Through this effort, we are able to document the plant community of the area, providing data that can be critical to resource management decision-making.”

So far in 2022, participants have provided nearly 15,000 records of over 1,000 species of plants. 

TINS has planned dozens of activities around the Wildflower Big Year, including guided wildflower outings, workshops and talks on a variety of topics, and rare plant hunts, and more events continue to be added to the calendar.

To learn more about the Tahoe Wildflower Big Year and how you can get involved: https://www.tinsweb.org/tahoe-wildflower-big-year 

You can also join the Tahoe Wildflower Big Year Facebook group by clicking here:


Upcoming Events:

August 4, 2022 (8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) – Wildflower Walk to Galena Falls

Join TINS naturalist, Sarah Hockensmith, and Tahoe Rim Trail Association guide, Jennifer Coon, as they lead the way in search of birds and flowers near a gorgeous waterfall. Click here to register.

August 7, 2022 (8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) – Annual Bob Anderson Memorial Hike 

Join TINS and friends as we honor the memory of former TINS board member Bob Anderson with a beautiful hike among the wildflowers and scenery of Carson Pass. All are welcome, whether you know Bob or not! Click here for more information.

About the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science:

Founded in 2010, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS) is a member-supported nonprofit organization providing world-class education and research. TINS provides programs for all ages, from presentations to citizen science projects to guided nature outings. Scholarships and a diversity of free programming aim to make these activities as inclusive as possible. The organization conducts ongoing biological research in the Tahoe-Sierra region, contributing important data to help improve management decisions regarding wildlife. TINS is working to bring a world-class interpretive nature center and educational facility to the Tahoe area, with the ultimate goal of creating a community that cares for the natural world by fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural resources at Lake Tahoe and beyond. For more information visit tinsweb.org.