The Natural Science Song and Dance Man Billy B. energizes a group of young students during the 2012 BioBlitz opening ceremony in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. The 24-hour species count and two-day Biodiversity Festival is hosted by National Geographic and The National Park Service.

Photo by Mark Christmas/iLCP

The natural science song and dance man Billy B. energizes a group of young students during the 2012 BioBlitz opening ceremony.

Mark Christmas

WHERE: Barataria Preserve, Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA.

DATES: Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18.

TIME: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

About the Festival

If it's a Louisiana event, there has to be a festival!  Along with the BioBlitz race to count species, you're invited to celebrate the nature and culture of Louisiana at the 2013 Biodiversity Festival. Enjoy music, food, art, science and nature exhibits, and hands-on activities for explorers of all ages. Watch scientists at work, get a "diploma" from Biodiversity University, and learn more about Louisiana's vital wetlands. It's free, it's family-friendly, and no registration is required.

All BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival parking is at Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA. Free entrance to the state park, free parking, and free shuttles to the preserve will be provided. Handicapped-accessible shuttles will be available.

Adventure, Learning, and Fun!

From art to zoology, there'll be something for everyone at the Biodiversity Festival, including music, live animal demonstrations, photography workshops, poetry, and talks by leading scientists. Download the Schedule (pdf).

Interactive Exhibits

Explore interactive exhibitor booths featuring environmental organizations, wildlife groups, health organizations, and the latest science and technology. Discover what lives underwater with an ROV (remote operating vehicle) or learn about climate change by breathing through a straw! You can also get up close and personal with a variety of live animals. Kids of all ages can participate in hands-on activities and earn stamps toward a "degree" at Biodiversity University.


Look through a microscope to discover life in tiny places, learn how scientists identify plants and animals, and touch some real specimens from the field! Got a burning science question? Ask an on-site expert. You'll learn that biodiversity is everywhere-and why we need it!


Local artisans will show how nature inspires art. Work side-by-side with artists to create your own masterpiece.


A collection of local food vendors offering Louisiana favorites and more exotic fare will round out a great outing for the whole family.

Enjoy the festival and sign up for an inventory for an amazing adventure. Learn more about inventories and register now.

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