Parks Canada BioBlitz
What will YOU discover?
Want to connect with nature? Get your kids outside? Take part in a Parks Canada BioBlitz.
You and your family team up with scientists to find as much wildlife as possible, in a short period of time. Discover wildlife and support their protection at one of Parks Canada’s special places.
Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 by taking part in one of Parks Canada BioBlitz events.
Events in 2017
|April 22||Banff National Park|
|May to October||Chambly Canal National Historic Site|
|May||Point Pelee National Park|
|May 13||Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites|
|May 20-21||Pacific Rim National Park Reserve|
|May 26-27||Wood Buffalo National Park|
|June 2 (Red Rock)
June 14 (Terrace Bay)
|Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area|
|June 9-18||Fundy National Park|
|June 9-10||Gulf Islands National Park Reserve|
|June 9-10||Prince Edward Island National Park|
|June 14||Terra Nova National Park|
|June 16-17||Thousand Islands National Park|
|June 23-25||Kluane National Park and Reserve (BioBlitz Canada led)|
|June 24-25||Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site (BioBlitz Canada led)|
|June 24-25||Rouge National Urban Park|
|June 25||Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site|
(July 16 is the rain date)
|Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve|
|July 5-8||Sirmilik National Park|
|July 11||Waterton Lakes National Park (International Event with the United States National Park Service)|
|July 9-19||Tuktut Nogait National Park|
|July 15-16||Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site|
|July 22-29||Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park|
|August 12-13||Cape Breton Highlands National Park|
|September 19-24||Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Conservation Area|
Join drop-in activities
Join the drop-in activities and plan an afternoon of fun that works with your family’s schedule. Or pack a picnic and make it into a day of adventure. Lots of hands-on activities and opportunities to see wild creatures up close.
Participate in a survey
Participate in a survey with a scientist-led team. Help your national park, national park reserve, national historic site or national marine conservation area find and identify plants and animals.
Volunteer as a Survey Leader
Are you a professional scientist or naturalist with a high level of knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to lead species survey groups and educate the public about biodiversity. Your efforts will contribute to the protection of Parks Canada’s heritage places.
Volunteer as a Survey Assistant
Are you an interpreter, naturalist or student specialist with outdoor education experience or an intermediate knowledge of a taxonomic group? Parks Canada needs you to assist survey leaders and the public on species surveys and possibly lead family activities. Deepen your knowledge, working with experts and share your enthusiasm interacting with the public.
Volunteer as an Event Assistant
Are you someone with lots of energy and enthusiasm and a willingness to learn? Parks Canada needs help with the operation of Basecamp. Gain experience for your resume and have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve contributed to something worthwhile.
Volunteer as an Event Photographer
Are you a professional or amateur photographer? Parks Canada needs volunteers to capture the essence of a BioBlitz. Share your creativity and skill with the world and spread the word about the importance of biodiversity.
Record your discoveries with the iNaturalist app
Parks Canada has been working with partners to support the development of iNaturalist.ca, a bilingual, interactive online record of the amazing variety of life in our country. Anyone in the world can explore the photos, make species identifications or add comments on the website. The result is an exciting network of scientists and the public, creating data to support conservation decisions.
Visit iNaturalist.ca to sign up and download the smartphone app!
See how past participants identified and discovered plants, animals, and more.
- Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Sites: Participants found a new type of mushroom never before recorded in British Columbia. (2015)
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve: Participants found eight types of bats, including the little brown bat, a species at risk. (2015 | 2016)
- Fundy National Park: Participants identified thirty-three new plants for Fundy National Park. (2015 | 2016)
- Bruce Peninsula National Park: (2016)