Curious about what a BioBlitz is and how to safely take a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity 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 also within your local communities. This webinar series is appropriate for all educators and all educators are invited to attend. Please note this this series is designed with special consideration for Out of School Time educators and afterschool programming.
Exploring Biodiversity with Youth Outside, Inside, and Virtually
March 10, 2021 1-2 p.m. ET
Engage your afterschool learners with safe citizen science opportunities through BioBlitz activities! Join National Geographic on March 10 from 1-2 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- Observation Techniques and Species Exploration Using the Seek App
March 16, 2021 12-1 p.m. ET
Connect your students to the outdoors through observation by conducting a BioBlitz activity! Join National Geographic on March 16 from 12-1 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 2021
March 22, 2021 1-2 p.m. ET
Join National Geographic and a panel of afterschool educators with expertise in the natural world, social-emotional learning outdoors, and engaging youth in biodiversity exploration on March 22 from 1-2 p.m. ET. Panelists and participants will share tips,, resources, and activities for sparking creativity and curiosity around science and nature in 2021.
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.
BioBlitz Activity Guides
Learn about BioBlitz activities you can implement in a shorter time frame, virtual or in-person, using apps, or no additional technology.
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.