Photograph by Jessica Weinberg
Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, 2014
The three national park units that make up the Golden Gate National Parks encompass more than 80,000 acres and 91 miles of shoreline along the northern California coast. These parks are home to an amazing array of biodiversity, including over half of the bird species of North America and nearly one-third of California’s plant species!
To better understand, appreciate, and protect this natural treasure, the National Park Service, National Geographic, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Presidio Trust are teaming up to host a 24-hour BioBlitz species count and two-day Biodiversity Festival, Friday-Saturday, March 28-29, 2014.
BioBlitz 2014 will take place in several national parks, including Muir Woods National Monument, Fort Point National Historic Site, and locations in Golden Gate National Recreation Area including the Giacomini wetlands, Muir Beach, the Marin Headlands, Crissy Field, the Presidio, Mori Point, and Rancho Corral de Tierra.
Part scientific endeavor, part festival, and part outdoor classroom, BioBlitz will bring together more than 300 leading scientists and naturalists from around the country, thousands of local community members of all ages, and more than 2,000 students from across the Bay Area.
Be a Part of an Inventory Team!
Join an expert-led species inventory team to discover, count, map, and learn about the parks' diverse organisms, ranging from microscopic bacteria, wildflowers, and seals, to hawks and towering redwoods. Choose the park location, date and time, or subject matter that interests you most. Spots on inventory teams go quickly.
Enjoy the Biodiversity Festival
The FREE Biodiversity Festival will take place at Crissy Field’s East Beach in the San Francisco Presidio, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 29. The festival will feature science demonstrations and exhibits, live animals, hands-on activities provided by prominent science and environmental organizations, National Geographic-led photography workshops, food, entertainment, and art. Explorers of all ages can enjoy the festival and “graduate” from Biodiversity University by participating in a variety of activities. The Crissy Field Center will be transformed into the BioBlitz data center, where you can see science in action and work side by side with scientists to identify and catalog what is being discovered in the field. All festival events are free and open to the public, and no registration is required.
Schedule: Events Begin March 6 (PDF)
Throughout March, BioBlitz collaborating organizations such as the Institute at the Golden Gate, California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the American Cetacean Society, the Marine Mammal Center, Oceana High School, and Slide Ranch will be hosting BioBlitz-related events. Learn more about the unique biodiversity in the Bay Area, meet new people, and learn about the great organizations that are working hard to preserve and conserve the Golden Gate National Parks.
Volunteer at BioBlitz
In addition to volunteer scientists leading inventory teams and BioBlitz participants, additional help is needed to ensure the event runs smoothly. We are seeking event volunteers to help with registration, serve as inventory docents, be part of the data squad, meet and greet participants, and more. Sign up online if you are interested in helping.
BioBlitz Poster (PDF)
Invite family, friends, colleagues, or classmates to participate in BioBlitz 2014: Golden Gate National Parks and the Biodiversity Festival. Download a flyer to post at your school, library, coffee shop, or other community location.
Parking and Transportation
Festival parking is limited to public lots around East Beach. We strongly encourage people to take public transportation, carpool, bike, walk, or use alternative transportation. PresidioGo shuttle service will be available on Friday, with an increased schedule on Saturday running every 15 minutes from the paid parking lots on the Presidio’s Main Post. ADA parking will be available at East Beach, along with bicycle parking. Learn more about parking in the Presidio.
For specific parking information for inventory teams, please visit public registration.
The Muir Woods parking shuttle will begin running for the season on Saturday, March 29, to coincide with the second day of BioBlitz. We recommend carpooling to BioBlitz inventory sites, as parking will fill up quickly.
• NPS: Alexandra Picavet
• GGNPC: David Shaw
• Presidio Trust: Dana Polk
• NG: Carol Seitz
Enjoy music from the fun and funky Banana Slugs Band, live animal demonstrations, science rappers, storytellers, photography workshops and more.
Record What You See
Smartphones and the app from iNaturalist will be key to documenting species and uploading them to National Park Service species databases.
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BioDiversity Festival Spotlight
Don’t miss the opportunity to meet and learn from National Geographic photographers, explorers and editors.