Channel Your Inner Scientist at a BioBlitz

Liz GustafsonNPF Blog
A family of ground squirrels at Rocky Mountain National Park

Remember when you dreamed about being a scientist when you grew up? Well, we can help make that dream a reality, even if only for a day or two!

No matter where you live in the U.S., you and your family can participate in one of the over 100 National Parks BioBlitzes held in national parks across the country during the week of May 16-22, 2016. To top it off, these events are free and open to the public.

You might be thinking, what exactly is a BioBlitz?

A BioBlitz is a fun event where participants find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. It’s sort of like a giant scavenger hunt, but better because you may discover a surprise, an unexpected animal or plant, or even a new species!

For the past 10 years, the National Park Service and National Geographic Society have collaborated to co-host a BioBlitz in a different national park each year. This year is special. To celebrate the National Park Service centennial, numerous BioBlitzes will be held in national parks, with the Washington, D.C. BioBlitz serving as the anchoring, showcase event. One BioBlitz just isn’t enough.

If you live in the DMV, we encourage you to come out to the DC BioBlitz at National Mall and Memorial Parks on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9am-5pm. This particular BioBlitz will be accompanied by a two-day Biodiversity Festival. Participants and curious National Mall visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in workshops with National Geographic photographers.
  • Listen to panel discussions on research and conservation efforts.
  • Meet individuals and organizations involved in the science and environmental space.
  • Visit, capture, and share a national park memory in unique way, while also give back to these special places. #FindYourPark/#EncuentraTuParque

Image of small black and white bird sitting on pink flowered branch

Don’t forget to stop by and meet us at the National Park Foundation tent, which will be set up next to Constitution Gardens. We’ll provide national park-inspired activities for the whole family on Friday and Saturday along with some great giveaways you won’t want to miss.

Not anywhere close to the DMV? There is no shortage of BioBlitz events to choose from and your help is always needed. Find an event that’s closest to you by visiting the National Parks BioBlitz page for the most up-to-date list of participating national parks. Let us know what you discover!

Image of green frog found at NPF BioBlitz

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