BioBlitz 2016: Washington, D.C.

Picture of a kids holding a tarantula
Photograph by David Braun

May 20-21, 2016


Grab your backpack, your Metro card and explore the wilds in and around Washington, D.C. like never before at the National Parks BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival.

Teams of scientists, students, teachers, and the general public will join in a two-day race to discover and document the flora and fauna of select National Capital Parks. Public and student inventories will center on the following parks in and around Washington, D.C.:



With top scientists as their guides, participants will discover that these places are more than tourist attractions and recreational spots, but also living laboratories rich in biodiversity.

A concurrent two-day Biodiversity Festival will be held on the National Mall at Constitution Gardens. The festival will feature hands-on science exhibits, food, and art, as well as family-friendly entertainment and activities.

Constitution Gardens will also serve as base camp for the National Capital Parks BioBlitz and as a connection to the more than one hundred BioBlitzes and biodiversity events taking place at national parks that weekend. Which park will have the most species identified? Will a new species to science be discovered?

Be part of this free and exciting event! Help discover, document, and celebrate the rich biodiversity in our national parks. Can we count you in?

For questions and to receive event updates and registration information, send an email to bioblitz@ngs.org. Indicate whether you are a scientist, teacher, or member of the general public so we can best serve your information needs.


Bioblitz Orientation and Preparation Resources


Whether you’re participating in this year’s BioBlitz or one in your own backyard, schoolyard, or local park, help students prepare to study biodiversity firsthand by practicing skills that scientists use in the field.

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Harold M. & Adeline S. Morrison Family Foundation