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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.

All webinars will be recorded and shared with those who register.

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This webinar series is funded by Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

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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.

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Guide to BioBlitz  

Use this guide to help organize a BioBlitz. Also available in Spanish

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Guide to BioBlitz for Afterschool Programs  

Use this guide to help organize and lead BioBlitzes for afterschool and other informal education programs.

Video: Schoolyard BioBlitz

Video: Schoolyard BioBlitz  

Plan a Bioblitz for your school, class, or afterschool program.

Video: Do-It-Yourself Bioblitz

Video: Do-It-Yourself Bioblitz  

A Bioblitz is easy when you know what you need and where to start!

Classroom Activities

Engage students before, during, and after a BioBlitz event.

Introducing Biodiversity and BioBlitz

Introducing Biodiversity and BioBlitz  

Students prepare for BioBlitz by defining biodiversity and examining the characteristics of various plants and animals as examples of taxonomic groupings.

Conducting a Class BioBlitz

Conducting a Class BioBlitz  

Students use observation, identification, and mapping skills to conduct a local BioBlitz.

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Analyzing BioBlitz Data  

Students investigate and analyze local biodiversity using iNaturalist observations.

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.

Create an iNaturalist Project

Create an iNaturalist Project  

Join 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow Anne Lewis as she explains how to set up a project in iNaturalist for your BioBlitz.

Create an iNaturalist Place

Create an iNaturalist Place  

Join 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow Anne Lewis as she explains how to set up a place in iNaturalist for your BioBlitz.

Collection and Umbrella Projects

Collection and Umbrella Projects  

Join 2019 National Geographic Education Fellow Anne Lewis as she explains the difference between collection and umbrella projects in iNaturalist.

More Resources


BioBlitz Collaborators

iNaturalist

Record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.

Encyclopedia of Life

Create a collection of your schoolyard BioBlitz results and generate a field guide to share with the community.

City Nature Challenge

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the City Nature Challenge.

BioBlitz Through the Years