The Tahoe Nature Chase
Tahoe Nature Chase Participation Rules

  1. Participants must be registered on the Tahoe Nature Chase website (tnc.tinsweb.org). Registration can occur anytime between January 1st, 2017 and December 31st, 2017 to participate.
  2. You must complete monthly challenges by the last day of the month. We are allowing a two day grace period after each month to submit each completed challenge.
  3. Participation in the Tahoe Nature Chase is free and open to anyone who wishes. However, to be eligible for the end of the year awards, leaderboard, member-only outings, and monthly prizes, one needs to be a member, in good standing, of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (www.tinsweb.org). TINS staff may participate, but are not eligible to win prizes. For more information on prizes, please follow the "Prizes" button under the "About TNC" tab.
  4. Participants are required to log their data into the Tahoe Nature Chase website. Each participant will need to create an individual profile with sign-in name and a password to submit completed challenges.
  5. There are four nature-observation categories each month, containing three different challenges within that category. In addition, there is a bonus category containing one additional challenge. In total, one can complete a maximum of 13 challenges per month. The categories include Plants, Birds, Wildlife Grab Bag, and Earth Science. The three challenges within each category will be of varying difficulty. Easy challenge = 1 point, medium difficulty challenge = 2 points, and difficult = 3 points. Bonus challenges = 3 points. The maximum "score" one may achieve each month is 27 points.
  6. One must submit at least one observation during the month to qualify for a monthly prize drawing.
  7. For a few particularly challenging observations, we may request additional details or evidence for verification.
  8. Prizes for the top three places of the competition in each age category will be awarded in mid-January 2018. In the event of a tie, the participant who reached the highest tally first by submission will be awarded the prize. The two age categories are:
    1. 15 years and younger, as of January 1st, 2017
    2. 16 years and older
  9. Recording Rules
    1. Eligible challenged must be completed within the TNC boundaries (see "TNC Boundaries" under the "About TNC" tab for more information) between January 1st and December 31st, 2017.