A bioblitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi and other organisms as possible.
A bioblitz gives adults, kids, and teens the opportunity to engage in project-based field research, right in their schoolyard or local park. It's a fun and exciting way to learn about the biological diversity of the local area and to better understand how to restore and protect it. A bioblitz event can easily be modified to fit segments of time as short as one class period, or as long as a full school term project that might happen each school year.
National Geographic is helping conduct a bioblitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the U.S. National Park Service Centennial in 2016. In 2015, National Geographic's BioBlitz headed to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (May 15-16). Work alongside National Geographic and the National Park Service by conducting a schoolyard or local park bioblitz this year.
Below, we outline projects and activities organized by grade level as well as resources that engage students in STEM learning during a schoolyard or local bioblitz.