National Geographic Education also uses BioBlitz to connect students with citizen science and community geography. Kids can do real research in their own backyards, schools, or local parks. They can also participate in National Geographic and the the National Park Service's annual BioBlitz, this August in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Regardless of the venue, kids of all ages can discover, map, and count species, helping scientists collect valuable data on biodiversity while adding to the park's official species list.Students will learn and improve observation and record-keeping skills during every BioBlitz. It's a win-win situation for the students, the scientists, and the community!
In addition, National Geographic Education promotes citizen science through its Community Geography Initiative, engaging the public to document, understand, and look after the places they care about. A great example of this program is the web-based FieldScope platform, a mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool for scientists and students to work together. Take a look at the featured FieldScope projects in theChesapeake Bay and Saguaro National Park, Arizona.
Interested in learning more? National Geographic Education houses a growing collection ofcontent on citizen science on our website. From encyclopedic entries, to videos, articles, and activities, there is plenty to learn about the educational potential of citizen science, as outlined by Dr. Daniel Edelson, VP of Education for the National Geographic Society.