One of the world's most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 400,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What's more, by recording and sharing your observations, you'll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society

• Discover species new to you both near and far
• Record your own observations and share them with the community
• Receive suggestions and crowdsourced identifications of what you've seen
• Discuss and help others identify what they've seen
• Follow projects comprised of smaller communities and fellow citizen scientists passionate about a particular place and/or species

What’s New

Version 2.8.7

• add year in review
• updates and bug fixes for projects tab
• a few other bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

Madyjules ,

This app is a source of tremendous joy....

Thank you to those who created this wonderful app!! The ability to identify (and thereby learn) about the flora and fauna we humans are so lucky to find all around us is a dream come true!
We share this beautiful* planet with such a stunning variety of life... To be able to learn about the animals, plants, fungi & more which we see around us is a gift!

* It’s precisely this amazing variety of life, in all it’s forms, which is the source of our planet’s beauty . I hope this app will give more people pause & encourage them to give thought to that which is necessary to preserve & to keep this amazing planet & ALL it’s inhabitants healthy. Whether initially inspired by “selfish” reasons i.e., “what do I need to do to preserve this perfect home for the future of my children, grandchildren & the generations to come within my own family ” OR inspired by more “altruistic” reasons: what must I do and what must we do to keep this miracle of a planet healthy for the sake of the planet and all its inhabitants as a whole… In the end both groups will find that the true and lasting answers to these questions lead them down the same path. By necessity this includes learning about life all around you and how to best keep it healthy. This app provides a great service to that very end.

yetanothermillenial ,

It’s amazing and it could be more amazing

I love inat. I use it all the time. The taxonomy suggestions are almost always on point. I use it to explore areas I already am familiar with too to learn about the things living around me I’ve never heard of. Even the projects and guides are cool, because I can see which species in a group are most commonly encountered based on how many times they’ve been observed compared to others. The range maps you get for species etc are dynamic.

BUT, the social component to me is abysmal. “Leaderboard?” No one cares. It’s a meaningless statistic. I’d like to be able to see who is observing similar things to me in an area. Who is consistently identifying a specific phylum or genus? (Not me lol). They should be acknowledged as someone with some knowledge in that area. I know inat has powerful algorithms capable of identifying species based on photos - use some of those algorithms to connect peoples’ observational powers and curiosity. Sometimes I observe something that scientist haven’t completely determined what subspecies lives in my specific area- why can’t scientists send out questions for people to find out? Don’t know the southernmost extent of a plant? Ask people who have observed it before and live in the area to look for it.

This is a powerful app for taking citizen science to the next level. I’d love to see what they can do.

Luke van der Colff ,

An amazing app all around for identifying species.

I’m just a 20 year old that wants to know what every creatures purpose is around me and this has been the most fun way to do it. There are no ads, you upload a picture of the animal of reasonable quality, it helps if there’s multiple pictures and you describe what you saw in the description area. You put your location, which can be moved around so that your location isn’t known. It’s important to note that the location is key in determining a species sometimes so be decently accurate on the location. Once you’ve done that, AI, that’s right, artificial intelligence studies the pictures and compares them to other picture alike and species in the area to often give you a suggestion that’s correct or another 10 suggestions below of which I usually find the species I’m looking for if it’s not too obscure. I’ve also contributed to the knowledge of where some species are which feels great. My only complaint is there’s no place to provide feedback but here and the upload speed is reasonably slow. But this is a wonderful app that I recommend for any biologist. Yes, you can submit species under the microscope, too!!!!
Thank you California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society for helping create this app!!!


iNaturalist, LLC
37.6 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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