Record a bird sighting. Help clean up a shoreline. Uncover the past alongside archaeologists. Join other curious, committed people whose small acts of conservation and discovery are making a big difference. You’ll create all kinds of connections!

Record your own nature observations—big and small!
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Use the iNaturalist.ca mobile app to capture your observations of plants or animals—anytime, anywhere. It’s nature at your fingertips! Work with experts, other park visitors or on your own. Every observation contributes to our knowledge of biodiversity.

BioBlitz
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Want to connect with nature? Get your kids outside? Parks Canada BioBlitz events contribute to the protection of Parks Canada's heritage places, though scientific biodiversity discovery and experiences for Canadians to connect to these places. At a BioBlitz, you’ll join experts and volunteers to count and record the species that live in a specific place. Plants, animals, fungi, birds… what will you find?

Citizen science activities

Previous participants have identified and discovered plants, animals, and more. Learn about current and previous Parks Canada citizen science events on iNaturalist.ca by searching for “Parks Canada” in the Projects tab on the iNaturalist.ca App or website.

Parks Canada citizen science activities to the end of 2018

32 events at 29 Parks Canada places


5,500 + participants
150+ partners and collaborators were involved
320+ volunteers
52 species at risk observed
500 previously unrecorded species observed in Parks Canada places
50+ invasive species observed

Over 5,500 distinct species counted and 21,230 iNaturalist.ca observations
50% of events involved collaboration with Indigenous communities and supported 2-way knowledge sharing


Observations included: Polar Bear (a species at risk) - Sirmilik National Park

BioBlitz Culture Camp - Inuit youth learning from Elders about nature and culture of their traditional land - Tuktut Nogait National Park

237 newly recorded species almost 100 years after it was established as a National Historic Site - Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site

434 visitors virtually explored marine life during 6 hours of live video from scuba divers - Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park

99% of participants surveyed reported an increased understanding and appreciation of local biodiversity - Rouge National Urban Park

Most Northern Bioblitz - Sirmilik National Park
Find Parks Canada citizen science activities near you

Swim with salmon, participate in an archaeological project or join a car caravan tour of a bison range.

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Citizen science across Canada

The Government of Canada’s Citizen Science Portal lists citizen science projects happening all across Canada.

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