Where: Lincoln Park Zoo, 2400 N. Cannon Drive , (312) 742-2000 Zoo map
Events subject to change. Contact Guest Services directly at 312-742-2355 to confirm activities are scheduled or check the website.
Lincoln Park Zoo: free kids activities
Free Family Activity Register now for BioBlitz
When: Fri, Mar 12, 2021, 6:00 PM and Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 7:00 PM CDT
Where: Online Event
BioBlitz with Lincoln Park Zoo! How many species can you identify in one weekend? A free OUTDOORS & ONLINE event in a nature space near you!
The purpose of a bioblitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other living things that make their home in a certain area. And in this case, Chicago and the surrounding areas!
Bio is a Greek word for life, and blitz is German for lightning. How many species do you think you can identify in one weekend?!?
Participants – individuals, families, or a group of friends – will receive training via Zoom with Lincoln Park Zoo staff from the Urban Wildlife Institute, Horticulture and Learning teams to investigate plants and animals in your own neighborhood.
The BioBlitz schedule:
- Friday, March 12, 6-7pm: Kickoff and Introduction to iNaturalist (on Zoom)
- March 12-15: Independent data collection in a safe green space near you (using iNaturalist)
- Monday, March 15, 6-7pm: Celebration and Wrap-Up (on Zoom)
BioBlitz trainings will occur on Zoom, and we will use the free app iNaturalist to collect data. Remember to dress for the weather when collecting data outside and to wear a mask and maintain social distance.
There is no cost to participate.
Frequently asked questions:
What do I need to participate? A device with an internet connection, Zoom software with the latest update, a device with iNaturalist app, and a sense of adventure!
I have never used iNaturalist before. Will you teach me? Yes! Our Kickoff session on March 12 will include a walkthrough of how to use iNaturalist to collect citizen science data.
Does this event take place at the zoo? No. Zoo staff will be streaming live, and you should plan to participate from your own home and collect data in a nature space near you.
What if I can’t attend both Zoom sessions? You are still welcome to register and participate! Our iNaturalist project will show observations collected by all participants, so you will still be able to view our BioBlitz results even if you miss a Zoom session.