Bioblitz

Earth Day is a great time to think about all of the living things we share our planet with. From the tiniest insect to the tallest tree, every organism that calls Earth home has a role to play.

As humans continue to build cities and roads, it is increasingly important to think about how our backyards and schoolyards can function as habitats for wildlife.

This year, we are encouraging you to spend some time exploring the biodiversity in your own local environment.

Follow the links below to participate in the Conservancy's 2022 Earth Day Bioblitz. We cannot wait to see what you discover!

Elementary School

Backyard Bioblitz Bingo

There is an amazing variety of life that calls our backyards and schoolyards home. Download and print a copy of our Backyard Bioblitz Bingo and bring it outside with you. Make sure to be as quiet as you can while you LOOK and LISTEN for living things and the signs they leave behind.

When you finish, complete the Backyard Bioblitz Bingo worksheet and learn more about biodiversity and what you can do to help the earth!

BACKYARD BIOBLITZ BINGO

Dear Earth Project

The Dear Earth Project is a way for you to send a message to our planet and tell her what you will do to help the Earth and all of the living things that call it home. You also have an opportunity to create a drawing of how Earth makes you feel, or what makes you happiest about our planet! All you need to do is...

  1. Watch the Dear Earth Project video above
  2. Write your answers to the questions in the form below
  3. Draw a picture that represents how you feel about Earth
  4. Submit your artwork in the form!

The Dear Earth Project Form

Dear Earth is a way for you to send a message to our planet and tell her what you will do to help the Earth and all of the living things that call it home. You also have an opportunity to create a drawing of how Earth makes you feel, or what makes you happiest about our planet! All you need to do is: 1. Write your answers to the questions below 2. Draw a picture that represents how you feel about Earth 3. Submit your work!
To help our planet, I will...(Required)
Max. file size: 10 MB.

Middle School

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in the Conservancy Bioblitz from April 1- April 30!

A bioblitz is an event where people come together to find and identify as many species of living organisms as possible during a short period of time. This data is shared by other community scientists all over the world to explore and celebrate the amazing biodiversity on our planet.

You can participate in your yard at home, or anywhere outdoors! You can spend as much or as little time as you want. The important thing is that you get outside and start observing!

Oh... and we have prizes!

That's right! To help celebrate Earth Day and your participation in the Conservancy Bioblitz, we will be awarding cool (REALLY COOL) prizes to the individuals that get out there and find the most species, the most unusual organisms, or just blow away the Conservancy's scientists and educators with your Bioblitz finds!

We will Tweet at or message the winners on iNaturalist in their comment section once the Bioblitz is over. We can't wait to see what you find!

Using iNaturalist

  • Our bioblitz will be recorded through the free iNaturalist app and webpage. It’s an easy way to record your observations, get help identifying what you find, and contribute to the global scientific community! Your observations will be used by scientists and conservationists that are working to protect Southwest Florida’s unique plants and wildlife.
  • All you have to do is get outside as much as you can between April 1- April 30 and start taking pictures of the wildlife you find. Upload your observations to iNaturalist.org or through the iNaturalist app to COSWFL Bioblitz. That’s it! Then check out the bioblitz page on April 30 to see what all the participants found!
  • Watch the video here to learn how to use iNaturalist and then check out our instructions for further information. It's easy, we promise! Don't forget to look for any and everything living - from the very small to the very large. And have fun!

More instructions here

iNaturalist instructional video