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Do Your Own BioBlitz

Photograph by Eric Leifer

Engage Students in Citizen Science

BioBlitz can happen in most any geography—urban, rural, or suburban—in as large an area as a national park or small as a schoolyard. Biologists often measure the population of particular species or study an environment’s biodiversity, but a BioBlitz brings together the expertise of multiple scientists and naturalists with the power of citizens, including students, willing to take a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity in about 24 hours.


Mission:Explore BioBlitz

Mission:Explore BioBlitz  

Download Mission: Explore BioBlitz then complete and record any of the 13 missions inside.

Why is a BioBlitz Important?
Watch Imani Become a Naturalist

Before and After: BioBlitz Classroom Activities

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. Students learn about the number of species identified globally in key taxa and use this information to make predictions about the biodiversity they may observe during their local BioBlitz. 

Analyzing BioBlitz Data

Students investigate and analyze local biodiversity using iNaturalist observations. They collaborate in small groups to explore observations and identification of various taxon groups. Then students create a class graph of data and draw inferences about biodiversity, invasive species, and endangered species in their local park.

Tools for any BioBlitz​


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.