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Discovery Site Inventory Team Registration

The Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz will offer exciting opportunities for the public to accompany scientists on a biological field inventory at Discovery Sites around the park (see general locations below; elevations vary). At each of these locations scientists will focus on different taxonomic groups, such as birds, insects, or plants. Participants can sign up for these free Discovery Site inventories based on their interest, and will learn about a group of species and how to sample and identify them. While we will have some spots on inventory teams available for walk-ins at the Biodiversity Festival, advance online registration is required to ensure a spot on a Discovery Site inventory team. Registration links can be found at the bottom of this page.



Most inventories are 2.5 hours, except the Estes Park Bird Walks, which will only last one hour. If you don't have a full 2.5 hours to devote to an inventory team, or aren't confident you can walk a mile, come to the Biodiversity Festival and enjoy hands-on science activities, exhibitors, speakers, music, art, and more. Better yet, take part in both. Learn more about the free, family-friendly festival here. No registration is needed for the festival.



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Location and Transportation



Discovery Site activities originate from the Estes Park Fairgrounds, which is also the site of the Biodiversity Festival. The Fairgrounds, 1209 Manford Avenue, offer ample free parking.



East Side Discovery Sites: Registered participants for East Side Discovery Sites will check in at the Fairgrounds and then take a shuttle bus to their Discovery Site to meet their scientist leader. Shuttle bus transportation is free and required. Participants should plan to arrive at the registration window in Building W at the Fairgrounds no later than 30 minutes before their scheduled departure.



West Side Discovery Site: Registered participants for the West Side Discovery Site will check in at Holzwarth Ranch, 7 miles north of the town of Grand Lake or 13 miles west of the Alpine Visitor Center on the west side of the park. Participants will need to use their own transportation. The West Side Discovery Site is ideal for people who live near or are visiting the west side of the park. If you are coming from Estes Park, please plan at least 90 minutes for travel.



Nighttime Inventory: Registered participants for the nighttime inventory will check in at McGraw Ranch. Participants will need to use their own transportation. McGraw Ranch is located about 15 minutes north of Estes Park. After you register, you will receive a map with precise directions.



Estes Park Bird Walks: Registered participants for the Estes Park Bird Walks will check in at the Estes Park Visitor Center at the junction of Highways 34 and 36.



Safety First



All Discovery Site inventory participants will need good hiking (close-toed) shoes, a hat, sunscreen, water, long pants, and a snack. While the teams won't cover more than a mile, please note the elevations of the various Discovery Sites. If you are not acclimated to the altitude, you may want to select a site at a lower elevation.



Discovery Site Elevation (feet)
Meadow, East Side 7,400
Aspen, East Side 8,400
Ponderosa, East Side 8,500
Lake, East Side 8,900
Subalpine Forest, East Side 9,500
Alpine, East Side 11,500
Riparian Meadow, West Side 8,700


Important Points for Field Inventory Participants



  • All minors (under 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. In general, inventory teams are best suited for ages 8 and older. There will be many hands-on and educational activities at the BioBlitz Festival that appeal to all ages including younger children.


  • Plan to check in at Building W on the Fairgrounds 30 minutes before your departure for the East Side afternoon and morning sessions. If you arrive after that, your spot may be reassigned.


  • If you need to cancel or make a change to your registration, please contact Catherine Workman at cworkman@ngs.org. Once you have registered on the online site, an administrator must make any changes.


  • Enjoy the Biodiversity Festival before and after your inventory.


Additional Resources/Documents



Liability Waiver



Online Registration for Inventory Teams



Scientists and K-12 teachers who have already registered do not need to register again. Advance registration on this site is required to reserve a space on an inventory team. Individuals can register up to 5 people at one time. We expect spots to fill quickly, so it is best to register soon. Online registration will close August 17, 2012. On-site registration will be available for remaining spots on teams on a first-come, first-served basis. Every participant (or parent/guardian of a minor) must print, sign, and turn in the liability waiver before participating in the BioBlitz. Printed copies will be available on site as well.



We look forward to seeing you at BioBlitz. In the meantime if you have any questions, email us at bioblitz@ngs.org.



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