To celebrate its 125th anniversary, the National Geographic Society is calling on people to go outside and explore nature as part of the Great Nature Project, an unprecedented attempt to capture and appreciate Earth’s biodiversity.

During the week of Sept. 21 to 29, 2013, Great Nature Project participants are asked to take photos of any plants or animals in their own backyards and then upload them to various social media platforms, including Twitter, Instagram and Flickr, using the hashtag #GreatNature. All of the photos from around the world will be aggregated on, which launches July 2013.

Nat Geo Kids is also attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the largest online photo album of animals by collecting more than 100,000 animal images. Any image of an animal also tagged with the hashtag #animal will help to break the record.

The Great Nature Project is an easy way to get parents and kids to spend time together outside of the house, exploring the world around them!

Even though our website won’t launch until July, you can still sign up to participate now at

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