Nature Spotter

Download the Nature Spotter App in Apple or Google Store!

Download the Nature Spotter App in for Apple or Google!

The Riverside Nature Spotter app is a handy tool that helps nature lovers share their observations –whether it be an insect, plant, animal, or other living thing. Spotters can send a photo with questions about what they’ve seen and a Naturalist will reply with feedback. Observations will be collected and used to create an online database to share with fellow Nature Spotters. So get outdoors, take or choose a photo, and send with your comments or questions!

A volunteer uses the Nature Spotter App to photograph a Black Widow spiderWhere do my photos go? Photos sent using the app or by email will be sent to a naturalist from the Riverside Citizen Science project, who will identify the insect, plant, animal, or other natural subject you send. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about it and provide any helpful information you feel may be of use. The photos will then be placed into our Riverside Citizen Science online database on the inaturalist website so that this information can be shared and viewed by other nature spotters. If you would not like to have your photos shared, but would still like to get feedback from our naturalist, then please include that in your message when you send it.

There are 2 ways to become a nature spotter!

1. Download the Free App
Iphone/Apple Users:  Apple iOS AppStore
Android Users: Google Store

2.Send photos to

This is a project of the Riverside Citizen Science program. This application was developed by the City of Riverside, CA Information Technology department working with Riverside Metropolitan Museum, the Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department, and their Riverside Citizen Science partners.

4 Comments on “Nature Spotter

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  3. It doesn’t work for me. The Send button is always grayed out.
    Am I supposed to add any additional information?
    How do I make it work?

    • Hi Jacqueline,

      We’re sorry for the confusion! We’re not certain which button is giving you problems. When you first open the app, you should see a small camera icon on the bottom left of your screen. The app will open the camera app on your phone and you’ll be prompted to take a photo. Once you do, you’ll be asked if you’d like to retake the photo or ‘use photo.’ If you select ‘use photo’ you’ll be prompted to ‘choose request type’ which should appear in the middle of your screen. Once you do and hit the ‘done’ button, your email should appear with a message. Is the send button you are referring to any of the ones we mentioned? You can contact Kim Cobb for more help at

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