For the more information about the geologic resources of the National Park Service, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/.


BioBlitz: A Snapshot of Biodiversity

Girl and man looking a sea life
Taking a close look at sea life at the Biscayne National Park BioBlitz, 2010. NPS/Ginny Reams.

A bioblitz is a quest to discover living organisms. During these rapid biological surveys, scientists and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds work together to compile a "snapshot" of biodiversity in (usually) less than 48 hours. Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on our planet, including all living creatures, their habitats, natural processes, and the connections between these things.

Bioblitzes are an important part of the National Park Service (NPS) A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement. The focus of Call to Action Item 7, "Next Generation Stewards," calls for the NPS to "create a new generation of citizen scientists and future stewards of our parks by conducting fun, engaging, and educational biodiversity discovery activities in at least 100 national parks, including at least five urban parks."

The NPS and the National Geographic Society are collaborating to host one large-scale BioBlitz per year for the 10 years leading up to the NPS Centennial in 2016. These high-profile events have involved thousands of participants who work together to discover a wonderful diversity of species, as well as participate in a wide array of educational offerings. We warmly invite you to participate in the next NPS/National Geographic Society BioBlitz on March 28–29, 2014, at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California. Go on assignment in the San Francisco Bay area with subject matter experts to discover and learn about the living resources of one of the most unique ecosystems in the United States.

Explore this website for details about past BioBlitzes and watch the video below to see footage from the 2012 BioBlitz in Rocky Mountain National Park. Also, check out the following links to see how participants are changed and enriched by these efforts: "Inspired by Nature," by the E. O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and "Imani's BioBlitz," by the National Geographic Society.


Last Updated: October 28, 2013