Curious about what a BioBlitz is and how to safely take a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity this fall with your learners? Join National Geographic staff and educators for a series of free webinars sharing resources to explore biodiversity safely from your homes and within your local communities. This webinar series is appropriate for all educator disciplines and all educators are invited to attend. Please note this series is designed with special consideration for Out of School Time educators and afterschool programming.
What Lives Here? Safe BioBlitz Approaches for Exploring Biodiversity with Youth in 2020
BioBlitz Webinar on September 16 at 12 p.m. ET
Engage your afterschool learners with safe citizen science opportunities through a BioBlitz! Join National Geographic on September 16 from 12-1 p.m. ET for a free webinar for out-of-school time professionals. Learn helpful tips and receive resources for leading youth or families in citizen science educational activities either virtually or in person.
Noticing Nature - Observations, Techniques, and Species Exploration Using the Seek App
BioBlitz Webinar on September 22 at 1 p.m. ET
Connect your students to the outdoors through observation by conducting a BioBlitz activity! Join National Geographic on September 22 from 1-2 p.m. ET for a free BioBlitz webinar focused on observations and connecting youth to their environment with the Seek app by iNaturalist. Afterschool professionals will gain tips and resources on where to find species and how to incorporate tech-free activities into your nature exploration.
Connecting Youth to Nature in 2020 using iNaturalist
BioBlitz Webinar on September 28 at 12 p.m. ET
Engaging your afterschool learners with nature may look different this year. Try a BioBlitz activity! Join National Geographic on September 28 from 12-1 p.m. ET for a free BioBlitz webinar on ways to learn about biodiversity safely from homes and within your local communities. Dive deeper into resources like the iNaturalist app to spark curiosity in budding citizen scientists as they identify species and learn from the data.
This webinar series is funded by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
What is a BioBlitz?
A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity. These events can happen in most any geography—urban, rural, or suburban—in areas as small as a backyard or as large as a country.
Smartphone technologies and apps such as iNaturalist make collecting photographs and biological information about living things easy as part of a BioBlitz. High quality data uploaded to iNaturalist become part of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, an open source database used by scientists and policy makers around the world.
Plan a BioBlitz
Get inspired with these BioBlitz Guides and videos to create an event at a school, in a park, or anywhere. Use the planning sheet to organize your ideas. During the event, collect observation data using the iNaturalist app or on paper with these data sheets: BioBlitz Observation Guide, Species Identification Cards, or Data Chart.
Engage students before, during, and after a BioBlitz event.
Setting Up Your BioBlitz in iNaturalist
These videos will help you set up an iNaturalist project so you can collect and share your BioBlitz observations.
Students select a habitat, observe it, and record their observations.
Students practice classification skills using a collection of their shoes.
Students select and map an area. Then they practice finding direction, determining scale, and identifying natural and human features.
Students select an area, identify the species living there, and complete a species inventory.
Students conduct a plot study to observe and record the presence of all living organisms in a selected area.