Creating an iNaturalist Account
SUITABLE FOR GRADES 2-12
In this guide you will learn how to set up an iNaturalist account.
5-10 minutes to set up
- Computer or smart phone
- Connection to the internet
- Email address
- Go to www.inaturalist.org
- Click on the "Sign Up" button
Choose one of two options for joining:Option 1: Create a username and password specific to iNaturalist. We recommend this for teachers, unless your classroom or school has a social media account. This prevents personal information from being connected to a project that students and parents will see. To choose this option, fill in the fields and click the "Sign Up" button.
Option 2: Link an existing account to iNaturalist. If you have one, you can use one of the following accounts to sign into iNaturalist: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Google, Yahoo, or SoundCloud. To choose this option, click on the type of account you want to use for iNaturalist. Follow the prompts to sign into that account and/or give permission for iNaturalist to access it. Hint: To see what information iNaturalist will access, click on the grey circle with an "i".
Welcome, you are signed up! When an account has successfully been created (or linked), a welcome message indicating you have successfully signed up will appear at the top of the page in a yellow bar. Start uploading your observations! After signing up, you will be directed to your "Dashboard". This is your home base for your account. If you need more guidance, there's a "Getting Started Guide" on the right-hand side of your Dashboard. Have fun!