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A 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.
Whether you’re participating in this year’s National Geographic/National Park Service BioBlitz or one in your own backyard, schoolyard, or local park, help students prepare to study biodiversity firsthand by practicing skills that scientists use in the field. The activities below will help students make observations, record data, understand classification, and map their findings. Show a video and read from the blog to find out what happens at an actual 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, usually 24 hours.
Find out more about this 10-year partnership with the National Park Service.
Nat Geo provides instructional resources to extend the BioBlitz field experience to classroom learning.
Create a collection of your schoolyard bioblitz results and generate a field guide to share with the community.
Record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.
Use the web or a smartphone to upload photos of species from your bioblitz and join this growing community.
What is a schoolyard bioblitz, and how can you plan one for your school, class, or afterschool program? Hear from teachers, students, and volunteers on their experience of discovering biodiversity through a bioblitz organized in their suburban schoolyard.
A short video on the experience of a 7-year-old student from Connecticut who attended the 2013 National Geographic BioBlitz in Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve outside of New Orleans, Louisiana.
BioBlitz 2012 took place in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, and cataloged species from diverse ecosystems.
National Geographic partners with the National Park Service to inventory species in America's national parks, with the help of students, scientists, and the public. In 2011, the team took to Tucson, Arizona to count organisms large and small in Saguaro National Park.
Students get outside at the 2009 National Geographic BioBlitz in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.