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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. 

 

 

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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.

cover of Guide to Bioblitz PDF

Guide to BioBlitz  

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

cover of Guide to Bioblitz PDF

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!

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.

A red fox standing on top of a snow covered branch

Adopt a Spot Activity Guide  

Use this guide to help learners deepen their connection to the natural world in their communities.

A small Mink peeks its head out of a pile of fallen logs in Vancouver

BioBlitz Tips and DIY Tools  

Use this guide to help make the most out of you and your learners' BioBlitz experience. 

A Sprawler Moth Caterpillar reaching up in the air while balancing itself on a stick

Discovering Biodiversity Anywhere Guide  

Use this activity to help learners notice the nature around them and play bingo at the same time!

This Swainson's hawk (Buteo swainsoni) soars over Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado, United States.

Noticing Species Activity Guide  

The best way for learners to develop a love and connection for the natural world begins with the species around them. Use this activity to help learners see the unique world they live in and how you don't have to travel far to see it. 

A white tailed buck and doe in a snowy meadow located in Minnesota

Webinar Step-by-Step: iNaturalist for Afterschool Programs  

Use this activity to help learners make observations and notice the details of plants, animals, and other livings things. 


Webinars

Follow along with these three webinars for a better BioBlitz experience using these apps, games, activities, and guides. 


BioBlitz 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.